Meredith Hollar tallied a goal and an assist in her league debut for the Lady Lancers (4-5; 1-0 CL).
“This was a good performance from the women today,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “The finishing was crisp, and they maintained clear composure and clicked through possession. It’s good to see this form.”
Grace, who played one of the toughest nonleague schedules in the nation, erupted for four first-half goals against the Maple Leafs (5-4; 0-1 CL). Heather Martin sparked the first goal by playing Hollar behind Goshen’s defense, and Hollar beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation less than five minutes after kickoff.
The Lady Lancers outshot the Maple Leafs 11-4 in the first half. The team’s dangerous attack produced an own goal in the 23rd minute to double Grace’s lead.
Hollar created the third goal at the 28:39 mark with a superlative effort. The freshman forward weaved her way past a few defenders and squared a pass to an unmarked Jordan Hairgrove in front of goal. Hairgrove slotted her shot inside the right post.
Jackie Seal collected the team’s fourth goal of the half in the 41st minute when she scored after receiving a crisp pass from Carianne Sobey.
Maile Grout made an impact in her first collegiate match, assisting the final goal of the game to Erica Manchess with two minutes left in regulation.
Grace’s five goals equaled the largest output since the team’s 6-2 win over Goshen last year on Oct. 23.
Carmen Barnhill registered the shutout in goal for Grace, making four saves in 90 minutes.
The Lady Lancers return to Miller Field next week for a pair of matches. Grace will host Taylor on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Huntington on Saturday at 4 p.m.