WINONA LAKE – The Grace College men’s soccer team got back on the winning track with a 3-0 victory over Goshen on Wednesday.
The Lancers (7-5-1, 2-3-1 Crossroads League) went ahead early after just three minutes. Ben Cahill finished off his shot from close range at the 2:27 mark to give Grace an early spark.
Grace doubled its advantage with a tricky combination play from Nikola Blazic and Danilo Carnelos. Blazic received a pass in traffic and played a perfect ball to Carnelos for the emphatic finish in the 22nd minute.
The teams went into the halftime break with Grace ahead 2-0. The Lancers outshot the Maple Leafs (7-7-1, 2-3-1 CL) 10-4 in the first half.
After several strong looks to start the second half, Dylan Andersen found Grace’s third goal in the 64th minute. Gift Sibukome found Andersen in the penalty box, and Andersen netted his goal off the crossbar.
The Lancers’ defense muted the Maple Leafs’ attack throughout the match, holding Goshen to seven shots and zero shots on goal.
Jacob Cole picked up the shutout victory as goalkeeper. The starting defending line of Jon Sands, Danilo Carnelos, Nakilee Weni and Justin Festa held Goshen to zero shots on frame.
Cahill paced Grace’s offense with three shots. Trent Smith, Kyle Hamlin, Carnelos, Andersen and Josiah O’Deens had two shots apiece.
The Lancers will look to continued their winning ways on Saturday with a match at Bethel at 5 p.m.