Grace erupts in five-goal rout
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The goals keep coming for Grace’s men’s soccer team. The Lancers dismantled Goshen on Thursday, winning 5-0 at 1st Source Bank Field.
Grace’s offense has been lethal in recent games, scoring multiple goals in three straight outings. In their past three games, the Lancers have poured in 11 goals. Even more impressively, Grace has achieved that while playing three matches in six days.
Grace’s possession took its toll on Goshen early in the match. The Maple Leafs were unable to keep control of the ball for any extended amount of time.
The Lancers moved the ball freely against the Maple Leafs, venturing into Goshen’s half of the field at ease.
In the 15th minute, Kegan Shiflett was fouled near the corner flag, giving Grace a chance for a short corner set piece. The Lancers took advantage.
Jonny Mora crossed to the far side of the penalty box, and Korry Hamlin dove and headed the ball in for his first career goal.
The Maple Leafs seemed energized after surrendering the early goal. Goshen kept the ball in Grace’s end for a few minutes; the Maple Leafs had their best chances on two free kicks, neither of which found the back of the net.
Grace doubled its lead in the 32nd minute. Felipe Gruber laced a beautiful, curling shot inside the far post to give the Lancers a 2-0 lead.
The first half was physical at times. Three yellow cards and 11 fouls were called before halftime.
Minutes into the second half, Grace generated a third goal. Flavio Cruz played a perfectly weighted through ball to find Tyler Brueckman, and Brueckman converted the 1v1 opportunity for his first goal of the season.
The first 10 minutes of the second half saw chances for both sides. Goshen had a close-range shot fired wide of the goal, and Mora was threatening with a shot on a free kick opportunity.
The game took a turn for the worse for the Maple Leafs 13 minutes into the second half. A Goshen midfielder was sent off for picking up his second yellow card, leaving the Maple Leafs a man short for the final 32 minutes of regulation.
Grace used its bench liberally in the second half. The Lancers earned valuable rest while playing their third match in six days.
The fourth goal game at the 74:36 mark. Mitchel Strawser picked out Cedric Brenneman for a breakaway, and Brenneman calmly slotted in his goal.
Blake Burns sparked Grace’s fifth and final goal in the closing minutes. The freshman’s initial shot was blocked, and the rebounded effort was scored by Shemar DeGannes.
Colton Wottring played the majority of the game as Grace’s goalkeeper and registered the win; Sam Boyer subbed in for the final minutes as goalkeeper.
For the match, Grace outshot Goshen 15-10.