Grace Soccer wins fifth straight
HOWELL, Mich. – Grace’s men’s soccer team wrapped up the nonconference season in style, beating Cleary 4-2 on the road Saturday.
The Lancers (6-1-1) stretched their winning streak to five games; Grace’s offense has been electric during that streak, producing 20 goals during the five-game winning streak.
Saturday’s match was even for the first 65 minutes. Each team scored once in the opening half.
Grace scored at the beginning to take an early advantage. Jonny Mora sent in a corner kick in the sixth minute, and Ivan Santagiuliana netted on the play.
The Cougars (2-2) managed to equalize in the 37th minute, sending the game into halftime with a 1-1 deadlock.
Cleary was credited with a 9-3 edge in shots, but Grace’s offense was just warming up.
After 20 minutes of play in the second half, the game was still tied. But over the next 12 minutes, Grace wrapped up the victory.
At the 66:22 mark, Ze Maria Goncalves assisted Marcelo Talamas for the go-ahead goal.
Ulisses Miranda and Felipe Gruber’s connection provided the rest. Miranda netted in the 73rd minute after an assist by Gruber. Miranda returned the favor by assisting Gruber at the 78:30 mark for a 4-1 lead.
The Cougars tried to keep pressure on the Lancers with their second goal in the 85th minute, but Grace’s defense stood firm for the final minutes.
Talamas tried three shots to lead Grace, and Gruber had two shots on goal.
The Lancers return home next week to kick off the Crossroads League season. Grace’s league opener is a crucial one, hosting Huntington on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Foresters are currently receiving votes in the NAIA.