LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Grace College men’s soccer team started its season on the right foot, picking up a 1-0 victory over Colorado Christian on Thursday.
The Lancers defeated the NCAA Division II school with a first-half own goal, and Grace had a strong 14-8 shot advantage in the match.
Grace’s goal came three minutes before halftime when an own goal beat the Cougars’ goalkeeper at the 42:58 mark.
In the first half, Grace took eight corner kicks and seven shot attempts. The Lancers continued their assault on the Cougars’ goal after halftime, outshooting Colorado Christian 7-3.
“We played with strong commitment and with our style of soccer. We did a nice job moving the ball and got comfortable as the game went on,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “Our finishing touches are not crisp, and that clearly needs improvement. But overall I thought we played good, balanced soccer.”
Danilo Carnelos led all players with three shots. Gift Sibukome had two shots on goal, and Josiah O’Deens, Austin Altimus and Trent Smith each tallied two shots apiece.
Hector Torres, O’Deens, Isaac Magnuson and Zack Tucker each made their first official collegiate appearance for the Lancers.
Jacob Cole earned the shutout victory in goal, making three saves in 90 minutes of action.
The Lancers continue their Colorado road trip on Saturday against another NCAA DII school University of Colorado-Colorado Springs at 4 p.m.