Lancers tripped up in Michigan
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Grace’s men’s soccer team fell to No. 12 Spring Arbor on Wednesday night.
The Lancers (0-2-1) couldn’t find the back of the net against the Cougars as they fell 1-0.
Despite remaining winless in the early season, the Lancers have only surrendered a single goal in all three contests.
Spring Arbor (1-2) struck first, finding the back of the net 10 minutes into the game. The Cougars sent a cross into the box that found a Cougar player who netted the only goal of the game.
The Lancers bounced back and nearly found the equalizer. Daigo Adachi found himself all alone on the left side of the box, but he was unable to beat the Cougar keeper.
Grace controlled the pace of play, and in the 22nd minute played a crossing pass to Ulisses Miranda. Miranda’s resulting shot went wide.
The rest of the half was a midfield battle as neither team could solve the opposing defense.
The Lancers opened the second half eyeing the potential game-tying goal.
In the opening minutes of the half, Adachi had his second chance of the game. Adachi headed a crossing ball towards the Cougar net, but it went harmlessly wide.
Grace continued to maintain possession with a tactical offensive approach.
Midway into the second half, Spring Arbor made a dangerous run on net, but Kyle Smith steered the ball away from the Lancers’ goal.
As the time began to wind down, the game began to get more physical with three yellow cards issued in the final 25 minutes.
Lancers’ goalkeeper Joe Bowles was forced to make a diving save with 10 minutes left in order to keep the game within reach.
Twice in the final minutes, Grace missed a chance to tie the game. With 5:22 remaining in regulation, Grace played a ball through SAU’s backline, but Miranda’s shot hit the crossbar and bounced out of play.
With under a minute left, Ze Maria Goncalves found himself 12 yards out from the Cougars’ goal. But his effort also missed the mark and went above the crossbar.
Grace was clinically fouled in the final seconds during an advance, but the ensuing free kick was well high of the goal frame.
Spring Arbor weathered the closing seconds to hand Grace the 1-0 defeat.
For the game Grace took seven shots with two on goal. Miranda led all Lancers with two shots, and Bowles made one save.
Grace will next be in action on Saturday at 7 p.m. when they travel to Taylor.