BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Grace women’s soccer team continued its daunting nonleague schedule on Saturday with a match on the road against NAIA No. 2 Olivet Nazarene.
The Tigers scored two second-half goals to win 2-0 over the Lady Lancers (2-3).
The first half was a possession battle with each defense limiting scoring chances. Grace played evenly with the 2012 national runner-up, limiting the Tigers to five long-range shots in the first half.
The Lady Lancers did produce four corner kicks before halftime, but they were unable to convert on their attempts.
The Tigers pounced on the scoreboard first, capitalizing on a defensive miscue from Grace in the 63rd minute.
Grace’s offense ramped up in the final half to tally six shots on goal, but their efforts turned up fruitless. Emily Hickerson and Mallory Rondeau each had strong runs at goal, and Holly Bennett had a good shot from distance.
Olivet Nazarene took advantage of Grace’s offensive pressure to add an insurance goal 63 seconds from the final whistle.
“The women played well today. It was a good match as we imprinted our style well and demonstrated fantastic movement in good sections,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “ONU was fortunate to get one, and we were either going to get level or give up another goal late. We still have room to grow, and I’m looking forward to seeing that come to fruition.”
Grace’s next contest is at Miller Field on Sept. 7 when they host St. Xavier.