Lancers conclude road trip with win
ELGIN, Ill. – Grace’s men’s soccer team wrapped up a four-game road trip with a memorable win at Judson on Wednesday.
The match featured seven goals overall, a red card and an own goal. The result was a 4-3 win for the Lancers (4-1-1).
Wednesday’s game started with excitement and never slowed down. It took Grace a little over six minutes to open up a 2-0 lead.
Cody Boerema found Marcelo Talamas in the fifth minute to stun the home crowd for the game’s first goal.
At the 6:06 mark, Talamas scored again to double the Lancers’ lead.
Eight minutes later, the score was tied. Judson netted twice, including once on a penalty kick, to tie the game 2-2 after only 15 minutes of action.
Boerema then gave Grace its second lead of the half when he scored unassisted in the 31st minute.
The match took a dramatic turn in the 41st minute when Grace was issued a red card. As a result, the Lancers would have to play 11v10 for the final 59 minutes.
Judson was unable to try a shot for the rest of the first half, allowing Grace to take a 3-2 lead into halftime.
The Eagles (1-4) reloaded in the second half, taking full benefit of its one-man advantage. Judson fired off 13 shots after halftime, creating a busy afternoon for Grace goalkeeper Gonzalo Salo.
Judson eventually equalized at the 60:42 mark, but Grace would have the last laugh.
The Lancers countered quickly after a Judson attack. Ulisses Miranda played a dangerous ball into Judson’s penalty box, and the Eagles redirected the pass into their own net. Grace took its third and final lead of the game 4-3 in the 75th minute.
The final 15 minutes were a whirlwind of action. Judson had four corner kicks and five shots, but Salo and Grace’s defense held firm to preserve the victory.
Salo recorded seven saves in 90 minutes for his third straight victory.
The Eagles had a 21-8 shot advantage and 8-4 edge in corner kicks. But Grace proved deadly with its shot, scoring four times on five shots on goal.
The Lancers return home Saturday with a 4 p.m. match against Lincoln (Ill.).