Talamas’s heroics lift Lancers

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – A pair of second half goals by Marcelo Talamas sparked Grace’s men’s soccer team to a comeback 3-2 victory at Thomas More.

Talamas scored the winning goal in the 84th minute, and Grace goalkeeper Gonzalo Salo stopped a last-minute penalty kick in a thrilling match.

The Lancers (3-1-1) had to come back twice in the game. The Saints (2-2) took the lead in the first 10 minutes to set the tone for the afternoon.

Grace managed to tie the score just before halftime, however. Togo Narusawa assisted Cody Boerema in the 43rd minute to make the score 1-1.

Thomas Moore pulled ahead again just five minutes into the second half, and the game remained 2-1 into the final 15 minutes.

Talamas managed to tie the game on an individual effort. The Saints were slow to clear the ball from their defensive end of the field, and Talamas blocked the goalkeeper’s attempted clearance. He then raced to the loose ball and passed it into the back of the net at the 75:26 mark.

The game was won by Grace in the 84th minute. Boerema played a dangerous cross into the penalty box. Ethan Koselak’s initial shot was blocked, and Talamas soared through the air and headed the game winner into the back of the net.

The Saints nearly sent the match to overtime in the final minute of regulation. A desperation cross was made into the penalty box with 20 seconds remaining. The official judged a foul was committed by Grace on the loose ball, resulting in a penalty kick.

But Salo made a save on the PK to ensure Grace came away with the victory.

Talamas shot six times to lead all players, and Ulisses Miranda tried three shots.

The Lancers remain on the road Wednesday with a match at Judson.