WINONA LAKE – The Grace College women’s soccer team is set for a historic rematch against the Women’s National Team of Haiti at Miller Field on Saturday.
Haiti, who is ranked No. 57 in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking, defeated the Lady Lancers 3-0 in a friendly match last season in front of a standing-room only crowd at Grace.
Saturday’s exhibition match between Grace and Haiti will kick off at 4 p.m. with a live audio feed of the game available online.
Grace head coach Michael Voss played a major role in organizing the event. Voss currently serves as an assistant coach for Haiti in addition to his duties at Grace.
According to Voss, Haiti is one of the top contenders in the Caribbean region and is aiming for a bid into the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
“It’s not often you get to play a national team, so playing against Haiti is a great opportunity,” Voss said. “We are excited to continue our relationship with the players that we enjoyed last year, and the match is a great experience to grow our team as well.”
The Lady Lancers are poised to contend for the Crossroads League championship in 2013. Grace’s powerful offense is led by sophomores Mallory Rondeau (17 goals in 2012) and Carianne Sobey (17 assists in 2012) as well as freshman forward Meredith Hollar, who graduated from Warsaw as the Tigers’ all-time leading scorer.
Grace set a program record for wins in a season during their 2012 campaign, finishing 17-5-3.
“We are supportive of Haiti’s efforts to win a CONCACAF bid in 2015 to the World Cup,” Voss continued. “We are excited to join the likes of Seattle Reign, Houston Aces, Notre Dame and BYU in helping Haiti prepare. Plus they are just good people.”