OLATHE, Kan. – The Grace College women’s soccer team battled to a 1-0 victory over MidAmerica Nazarene on the road on Friday.
Meredith Hollar scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute off the bench for her third goal in the past two games.
The Pioneers (3-3) had already upset three NAIA Top-25 opponents this fall, but the Lady Lancers were up to the challenge on Friday. Grace outshot MidAmerica Nazarene 14-11 in the match and had a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
“This was a good matchup today against a quality, hardworking MNU team. Our women put in a solid group effort and did not give away much of anything defensively,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “We did not control the match in possession as much as we would have liked, however it was very good at times. Our attack was steady and purposeful to produce a clinical goal. We set clear objectives for this match, and it was fulfilling to achieve each of those.”
The Lady Lancers (3-1-2) seemed to find their offensive rhythm midway into the first half. Over the final 25 minutes of the first period, Grace outshot MNU 7-1.
The Pioneers opened up the second half with three shots. But Grace’s next shot made all the difference. Mallory Rondeau assisted Hollar’s goal for the game-winning strike.
Grace’s defense took care of the rest, holding on for the shutout. Freshman Abby Schue picked up the clean sheet as goalkeeper, and Heather Martin, Faith Voehringer, Erica Manchess and Meredith Matson teamed up for the defensive line for Grace.
Hollar led Grace’s team with five shots, and Rondeau, Meghan Wiles and Holly Bennett each had two shots.
The Lady Lancers resume play on Saturday in Kansas with a road match at Baker at 3:30 p.m.