Lancers win third straight
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – A pair of late goals helped Grace’s men’s soccer team come away with a 3-1 win over a tough Roosevelt squad on Friday.
The match was played at Chicago’s Toyota Park, home to the MLS’s Chicago Fire.
The Lancers (4-1-1) claimed their third consecutive victory thanks to two goals in the final 16 minutes of play.
“We played as a team tonight, and everybody showed up to work. Roosevelt is a good team, and they are well-coached, so this is a quality win,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “I was proud of the way the guys did everything today. They traveled well, they prepared well and then they executed well.”
In the first half, the Lakers (1-4) were primarily muted on offense. Grace held Roosevelt to just one shot attempt and two corners over the first 45 minutes.
The Lancers were unable to transform any of their four shots or five corners in the half into goals, setting up a blank slate for the second half.
Both teams picked up their attack after a scoreless first half. The Lancers got on the scoreboard first in the 66th minute.
Breno Oliveira sent in a long free kick towards Roosevelt’s goal, and Togo Narusawa was there to finish it off for his first goal of the season.
Roosevelt did not waste much time fighting back. The Lakers needed less than seven minutes to tie the score, finishing off a loose ball at the 72:11 mark.
Grace quickly snuffed out any momentum Roosevelt had with the game-winning goal two minutes later. Cody Boerema teed up Ivan Santagiuliana for a goal off a corner kick at the 74:32 mark.
The win was secured in the final minutes. Cole Voss helped spark a dangerous attack along the right side of the field, and Boerema was there to finish off the goal in the 85th minute.
Grace had a slight upper hand in offense statistically. The Lancers held a 12-9 advantage in shots with both teams recording eight shots after halftime. Grace also had an 11-5 edge in corner kicks.
Kurt Hamlin earned the win as goalkeeper, making four saves in 90 minutes.
Narusawa led Grace with three shots, and Boerema, Santagiuliana and Nikola Djordjevic each took two shots.
“We learned some things about our team today, and I think now our eyes are wide open. We are excited about our growth,” Hotchkin continued. “We have to improve still in a lot of areas, and tomorrow we will begin preparing for next week. But for tonight we are happy and thankful for a good day of work.”
The Lancers continue on the road Wednesday, taking on Holy Cross at 4 p.m.