WINONA LAKE – Grace’s offense was in full force on Saturday as the Lady Lancers tallied 34 shots against St. Xavier at Miller Field.
Goals from Emily Hickerson and Mallory Rondeau lifted the Lady Lancers (3-3) to a 2-1 win over the Cougars.
The Lady Lancers had countless goal-scoring opportunities throughout the match as possession and shots were heavily in Grace’s favor.
Grace had no fewer than seven strong shot attempts in the opening period, including three one-on-ones with the Cougars’ goalkeeper. But all 14 shots for Grace went fruitless as the teams entered the halftime break scoreless.
Meredith Hollar, who took three shots in the first 45 minutes, nearly struck midway through the first period with a shot from the left side that skipped across the goal line.
Hollar did have a part in the game’s first goal, however, as Grace wasted little time in the second half getting on the scoreboard. Hollar’s crafty run in the right side of the penalty box finished with a cross to Hickerson, who finished past the goalkeeper at the 47:22 mark.
Shortly afterward, Grace had a penalty kick request denied by the official as a shot appeared to make contact with a Cougar defender’s hand in the box.
In the 59th minute, the Cougars (1-2-1) took advantage of a misjudged pass by Grace’s defenders to record the equalizer.
Grace took less than three minutes to respond with the go-ahead goal. Rondeau sliced past a defender at the top of the box and curled a beautiful shot into the back of the net at the 61:02 mark.
The Lady Lancers continued to push for insurance goals, outshooting the Cougars 20-4 in the second half. But their efforts were in vain as the final score remained 2-1.
Rondeau outshot St. Xavier’s squad by herself on Saturday with nine shots of her own compared to eight for the Cougars. Carianne Sobey and Hollar each took five shots apiece.
Overall 10 different players for Grace recorded a shot in the match. Grace also had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The Lady Lancers conclude their nonleague schedule next week with a trip to Arkansas. Grace will face current No. 8 Oklahoma City on Friday and John Brown on Saturday.