WINONA LAKE – Mallory Rondeau proved why she was voted the 2014 Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Year on Saturday night, scoring in the 87th minute to beat Huntington 1-0.
The Lady Lancers (13-3-2) advance to next Saturday’s CL Tournament semifinals thanks to Rondeau’s game winner. Rondeau, a junior, is a former standout at Wawasee High School in Syracuse.
Grace will host St. Francis at Miller Field in the semifinals.
Despite a commanding 20-3 advantage in shot attempts for Grace in the match, the Foresters (5-12-2) kept Grace off the scoreboard for most of the game.
The Lady Lancers took eight shots in the opening period while holding the Foresters to zero. Grace ramped up its offensive pressure after halftime in search of a game winner, but it didn’t come until the 87th minute.
Rondeau made a run along the right endline, finding enough space to unleash a rocket above Huntington’s goalkeeper and into the roof of the net from the tightest of angles. Huntington was limited without a clear-cut scoring chance over the final frantic minutes.
Grace’s defense notched its sixth consecutive shutout victory thanks to the goalkeeping of Abby Schue (three saves) and the defending of Heather Martin, Faith Voehringer, Meredith Matson and Erica Manchess. The Lady Lancers have not surrendered a goal since Oct. 8 and have outscored their opponents 16-0 during that span.
Meredith Hollar and Mimi Lozano provided an offensive spark off the bench, accounting for seven shots between the pair. Carianne Sobey and Meghan Wiles notched three shots apiece, and Rondeau and Marina Tolczyk both shot twice.
The NAIA 21st-ranked Lady Lancers are in pursuit of their first NAIA National Championship appearance. The winner of the CL Tournament receives an automatic bid while the final bids are given on an at-large basis.