GRACE MEN’S SOCCER 3, THOMAS MOORE 2
A pair of second half goals by Marcelo Talamas sparked Grace’s men’s soccer team to a comeback 3-2 victory at Thomas Moore.
Talamas scored the winning goal in the 84th minute, and Grace goalkeeper Gonzalo Salo stopped a last-minute penalty kick in a thrilling match.
The Lancers (3-1-1) had to come back twice in the game. The Saints (2-2) took the lead in the first 10 minutes to set the tone for the afternoon.
Grace managed to tie the score just before halftime, however. Togo Narusawa assisted Cody Boerema in the 43rd minute to make the score 1-1.
Thomas Moore pulled ahead again just five minutes into the second half, and the game remained 2-1 into the final 15 minutes.
Talamas managed to tie the game on an individual effort. The Saints were slow to clear the ball from their defensive end of the field, and Talamas blocked the goalkeeper’s attempted clearance. He then raced to the loose ball and passed it into the back of the net at the 75:26 mark.
The game was won by Grace in the 84th minute. Boerema played a dangerous cross into the penalty box. Ethan Koselak’s initial shot was blocked, and Talamas soared through the air and headed the game winner into the back of the net.
The Saints nearly sent the match to overtime in the final minute of regulation. A desperation cross was made into the penalty box with 20 seconds remaining. The official judged a foul was committed by Grace on the loose ball, resulting in a penalty kick.
But Salo made a save on the PK to ensure Grace came away with the victory.
Talamas shot six times to lead all players, and Ulisses Miranda tried three shots.
The Lancers remain on the road Wednesday with a match at Judson.
LADIES WIN DEFIANCE WOMEN’S GOLF INVITE TITLE
The record book for Grace’s women’s golf team is now being written in pencil.
The Lady Lancers set new records after winning the Defiance Invitational over the weekend, the team’s second win of the fall.
Grace set new 18 and 36-hole records as a team. Grace’s 613 for the weekend set a two-round record, while the Lady Lancers’ 303 on Sunday was a new 18-hole record.
Individually, Anna Marshall won her second straight tournament. Playing on her hometown course, Marshall shot a 77-71, including an eagle from 165 yards. Marshall has finished no worse than second in all three of Grace’s tournaments this year.
Sydney Abbott had Grace’s most consistent performance, shooting a pair of 77s to finish fourth on the individual leaderboard.
Carolyn Pacocha (74-81) and Lucy Young (82-74) placed fifth and sixth overall, and Rebecca Hawes rounded out the team’s scoring with an 84-81.
Kristin Holt had a strong showing for Grace’s B team. She carded an 80-79 to place ninth overall, and Rachel Harvey (82-78) and Abigail Fishel (83-78) were just behind Holt.
Between its A, B and C squads, Grace had 10 golfers shoot their best rounds of the year at Ironwood Golf Course.
“Coming into this year, I knew we would be good, but to be shooting this low only a few weeks into the season is amazing,” Abbott said. “Setting a team-best score this weekend is great, but we still left some shots out on the course. Our goal is to continue setting personal-bests and to hopefully break that 300 barrier soon.”
The Lady Lancers will head west for their next tournament, playing at the Colorado Mesa Invitational at Tiara Rado Golf Course on Sept. 16-17.