The Lady Lancers (7-1-1) outshot Missouri Baptist 24-3 and recorded their sixth shutout of the 2012 campaign. Grace ranks first in the NAIA with six shutouts.
“The women really turned it up a notch in this match. The technical prowess was very clean, and the finishing was outstanding,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “This was a complete team effort demonstrating clinical possession attacking futbol. I’m proud of the women for putting in back-to-back solid performances.”
In a match that was controlled in terms of possession by Grace, the Lady Lancers scored three of their goals within an 18-minute span in the first half.
Mallory Rondeau scored the first of her two goals at the 10:40 mark of the match. After beating a defender, Rondeau cut along the baseline and blasted in a goal at an extreme angle.
Nine minutes later, Rondeau added her second goal. Kristin Yocum pinpointed a pass in between two defenders to Rondeau in the penalty box, and Rondeau slotted home the ball in stride.
In the 28th minute, Carianne Sobey scored Grace’s third goal on a set piece. Grace earned a free kick from 30 yards out, and Sobey’s left-footed shot beat the Spartans’ (3-6) goalkeeper.
Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Grace wrapped up the scoring with a goal from Holly Bennett. Kelsey Christner curled in a corner kick in the 55th minute, which Bennett redirected in for a goal to the far post from eight yards.
Overall, Grace recorded 12 shots in each half while holding the Spartans to two shots in the opening period and one shot after halftime. Rondeau led all players with six shots and five shots on goal, and Bennett tallied five shots.
The Lady Lancers also held a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Goalkeepers Abigail Burns and Carmen Barnhill teamed up for Grace’s shutout. Grace has yielded just four goals through the team’s first nine matches of 2012.
The Lady Lancers kick off the Crossroads League on Sept. 25 with a match at Taylor University at 7 p.m.
Story provided by Grace College Sports Information Department