Lucido’s goal lifts No. 14 Grace
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s soccer team was efficient in a 1-0 win against Taylor on Saturday.
The Lady Lancers (2-0-1, 1-0-1 Crossroads League) were playing their first match in 17 days. Victoria Lucido was the hero, scoring the game-winning goal in the first half at 1st Source Bank Field.
The teams started patiently in the match. Grace chose its spots to attack while playing its first match after a two-week layoff.
The Lady Lancers fired the only two shot attempts during the first 20 minutes of the match. The first attempt from JJ Aalbue went wide; the second shot found the back of the net.
Sacia Hanson made a dangerous advance into Taylor’s end of the field. Hanson picked out Lucido who powered her shot past the goalkeeper in the 17th minute.
Grace’s 1-0 lead held throughout the rest of the half.
Aalbue nearly doubled Grace’s advantage late in the first half. She dribbled around one defender and rifled a rocket at Taylor’s goal. The shot clanged off the goalpost with 10 minutes left before halftime.
The Trojans had opportunities late in the half, including a long, looping attempt that glanced off the crossbar.
For the half, Grace outshot Taylor 7-6. The first half was cleanly and tactically played with just one foul committed between the teams.
The second half started with patience again for both sides. Neither team attempted a shot for the first 17 minutes until Taylor tried a deep attempt that was well off the mark.
Grace rested more than half of its starting lineup for the first 15 minutes of the second half, showcasing its depth while maintaining its 1-0 lead.
Over the first 30 minutes of the second half, each team shot just one time during a midfield battle.
Taylor did its best to push for a winner late, shooting five times in a six-minute span. But only two of those attempts were on frame, both of which were saved by goalkeeper Bethany Blackwood.
Madison Tuma almost added an insurance goal in the final five minutes, splitting two defenders and trying an angled shot that forced an athletic save.
Grace killed the time on the clock effectively with strong possession and ball control, resulting in the final 1-0 scoreline.
Blackwood registered six saves to earn the shutout for Grace.
Aalbue shot three times to lead Grace, and Ashley VandenBoom had two shots.
The Lady Lancers have a quick turnaround with a match at Huntington on Monday at 4 p.m.