WINONA LAKE – A pair of road wraps for Grace College, with men’s soccer in Indianapolis and women’s basketball making its debut in South Bend.
The 2018 regular season ended on a high note for Grace’s men’s soccer team on Wednesday.
Marcelo Talamas netted the only goal in double overtime, lifting the Lancers (12-3-3, 6-1-2 Crossroads League) to a 1-0 win at Marian.
Grace had already wrapped up the runner-up position in the league standings, meaning Grace will host the quarterfinals and potentially the semifinals of the upcoming CL Tournament. On Oct. 31, Grace will host seventh-seed Indiana Wesleyan at 6 p.m. The semifinals will also be at Grace, if the Lancers advance, with game time likely set for 5 p.m.
Defensively, Grace primarily muted the Knights (7-8-1, 3-6 CL) on Wednesday night. Although Marian had 15 shots, only two of those were on target.
Conversely, the Lancers racked up 28 shots and 12 shots on goal over the course of the match. Grace almost doubled Marian’s attempts in the first and second halves.
The Lancers tried to jump on Marian early with five shots in the opening six minutes, primarily through the attack of Talamas and Ulisses Miranda. But Marian made three saves on those five shots to keep Grace off the scoreboard.
The teams went into halftime scoreless. The Lancers outshot the Knights 11-5 in the opening half.
Grace’s offense ramped up in the second half with 15 more attempts. Grace almost scored in the beginning stages when Korry Hamlin’s shot hit the crossbar.
In the 79th minute, Talamas had a shot that glanced off the goalpost for another wasted chance. The rebounded shot attempt by Ivan Santagiuliana was blocked.
Marian managed to keep Grace off the scoreboard in regulation, however, despite absorbing heavy pressure. The Knights did not attempt a shot for the final 28 minutes of regulation.
The goal finally came midway into the second overtime. Grace won possession of the ball at midfield and quickly advanced down the left sideline.
Colin Cape passed ahead to Talamas in the center of the field, and he found Damon Binkley in space on the right edge of the penalty box. Binkley’s quick attempt was blocked, but Talamas scored on the rebounded effort as he beat the charging goalkeeper.
Talamas led all players with eight shots and five shots on goal, and Hamlin and Miranda each shot four times. Breno Oliveira tried three shot attempts with two on goal.
Kurt Hamlin registered the shutout, making two saves in 104 minutes of goalkeeping for Grace.
The season opener for Grace’s women’s basketball team ended in a 77-58 defeat on Wednesday at IU South Bend.
The Lady Lancers struggled with ball control and long-range shooting against the Titans (1-0). Grace committed 22 turnovers and made just 6-of-23 from beyond the arc (26 percent).
Grace’s shooting touch was particularly off in the second half, struggling to make just one 3-pointer in 13 tries.
IU South Bend led 45-34 at halftime. The Lady Lancers had 15 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, allowing the Titans to grab an 11-point lead at the midway mark.
Vironnica Drake (nine points) and Kyannah Stull (seven points) were Grace’s leading scorers at the break. Stull scored all seven of her points over the final 2:37 of the second quarter.
The Titans quickly built up a 20-point cushion in the third quarter, and Grace was never able to mount a serious comeback.
Drake led Grace offensively with 12 points in 17 minutes before fouling out, and Kamryn Hostetler scored 11 points with a pair of 3-pointers in her first collegiate start.
Kaylie Warble just missed out on a double-double with 10 points and nine boards, Stull scored nine points, and Pam Miller finished with six points and six boards. Hostetler and Brielle Wilson (five points) both made their collegiate debuts for Grace on Wednesday.
The Lady Lancers remain on the road Saturday, traveling to Cornerstone for a 3:30 p.m. matchup.