WINONA LAKE – The Crossroads League showered Grace’s women’s soccer team with awards following one of Grace’s best regular seasons in team history.
Mallory Rondeau was named the league’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and Carianne Sobey was the Co-Midfielder of the Year for the Lady Lancers.
Altogether, six players including Rondeau and Sobey earned All-League status. Senior Holly Bennett, junior Meghan Wiles, junior Erica Manchess and freshman Abby Schue also appeared on the All-League Team.
Rondeau exploded in the Crossroads League season, ripping off nine goals and six assists in nine CL matches. She had a goal or an assist in every league game except one. Rondeau finished the regular season with a team-best 12 goals and nine assists. Rondeau was Co-Offensive Player of the Year with Spring Arbor’s Corrie Good.
Sobey repeated as the Midfielder of the Year after winning the award as a sophomore. She tied for the league lead with Rondeau, dishing out six assists against CL teams. On Sept. 13, Sobey’s game-winning assist against Baker made her the Lady Lancers’ career leader in assists. She has now racked up 36 career assists. Sobey was Co-Midfielder of the Year with Mt. Vernon’s Megan Griffith.
Schue and Manchess were part of a stout defense for the Lady Lancers. Grace’s defense surrendered just two goals in nine CL games, recording shutouts against eight league opponents. Schue was one of just two goalkeepers represented on the All-League team.
Bennett finished the season with one goal and two assists as a holding midfielder, and Wiles added three goals and two assists in the midfield.
Grace finished the regular season at 12-3-2, including 8-1 in CL play. The Lady Lancers also achieved their first NAIA national ranking as a team, currently sitting at No. 21 in the national poll.
The Crossroads League Tournament begins Saturday when Grace hosts seventh-seeded Huntington at 7 p.m. at Miller Field. With a win Grace would host the CL Semifinals on Nov. 8 with the championship scheduled for Nov. 15.
Grace is on a quest for its first NAIA National Championship appearance. Teams can qualify by either winning the CL Tournament or by earning an at-large invitation.