Grace and Great Lakes Christian College squared off for the second time in three days
Junior Captain Cam Befus With Freshman Keeper Drew Smith
today in front of a large crowd at Velting Field and Grace once again came out the victor. The Tigers pounced on GLCC early, when junior Drake Olsen found Josh Armstrong on a pass which Armstrong then put on a display beating the GLCC defender and keeper to score the games first goal. Olsen would turn from provider to finisher as he put away a pass from freshman Aaron Weinss. “Drake was fantastic tonight. He has been showing a lot in training, working hard and making intelligent runs and that was the difference for us in the first half,” commented Coach Buchanan. The Tigers took the 2-0 lead into halftime. Great Lakes countered off of a corner and narrowed the deficit. Freshman Vasilij Kuiper would cap the scoring for Grace. The final score was 3-2.
Grace traveled to Lansing, Michigan to take on Great Lakes Christian College today, where they earned a victory by the score of 1-0. The total team effort helped freshman keeper Drew Smith earn his second career clean sheet. The Tiger’s were without captain Chris Thompson, and when Jonah Stacy went down after being fouled the Tiger’s needed a boost. The team was given one from the return of Josh Armstrong. Armstrong’s presence was immediately felt as he entered into the game and would score the game winner. “Already missing Thompson, and then Jonah went down with injury it was a massive lift for us to have Josh’s fitness level up to be back into the team and it showed. We had to battle a lot of different things tonight and I thought Nate Colby stepped up and gave us some solid play as well as Austin Olson. We started seven freshman tonight and at this point in the season they have gained experience. This was a good win for us against a good team,” commented Coach Buchanan. Grace and Great Lakes will square off again this Friday which will be the last home game of the year for the Tigers. Game time is 2:00 pm.
Grace lost last nights contest against Kuyper by the score of 0-1. The Tigers had the edge in every statistical category except the one that matters – scoring. “Some games just happen this way. Soccer is a game where you can play well and still come away with a loss. I thought we played much better than the previous game which we won. We played solid in almost every aspect of the game except the most important. Our inability to score has cost us and it is something we are constantly working on and will sort out. We have everything to play for in front of us. It is important not to lose focus because I believe we have the ability to be in any game and give ourselves an opportunity to win,” commented Coach Buchanan.
Grace hosted NAIA Aquinas College who came in with a 9-1 record and currently sit second in the Wolverine-Hoosier
Tiger’s Freshman Defender And Midfielder Michael “Miggy” Moran
Athletic Conference. The Tiger’s have faced strong competition and have been tested. Grace played without Josh Armstrong and Aaron Weinss due to injuries, but the Tigers came into the game prepared and it showed. “We worked hard tonight. We were disciplined and knew we would have to be against a side such as Aquinas and the quality they bring. I thought we did a good job of keeping our shape and grew stronger in possession from this game. Aquinas closes you down quick and I was happy with the way we moved the ball at times during the game. Our midfield gave us a lot tonight and I am very happy with their effort and performance”, commented Grace Coach Dustin Buchanan. Grace lost the contest 4-0. Alex Stoddard played his first minutes in net after going in at halftime. The Tigers will play Kuyper College at Davenport University’s field on Thursday at 8:00 pm.
The Tiger’s traveled to Watertown, Wisconsin to take on Maranatha Baptist Bible College this past weekend. Grace nearly scored in the first ten minutes when sophomore Jonah Stacy found himself in space in front of goal but was not able to finish on the pass from freshman Vasilij Kuiper. In the first half the Tigers battled strong gusts of wind and a well organized side but then conceded a penalty kick when Drake Olsen fouled a Maranatha player in the box. Maranatha would take the 1-0 lead into halftime. Grace had the advantage of the wind in the second half but it was Maranatha again getting on the score sheet as hard shot was deflected and then slotted past Tiger’s keeper Drew Smith. Grace could not find an answer to the goals and lost the contest 0-2. “We need to do a better job at finishing our opportunities because that can change a game. I thought we came out in the second half and worked hard and I applaud the effort of this team. Even when a game is not going the way we would like we have been resilient and carry a positive attitude. We had a lot of players for different reasons need to come out of the game and I thought the players stepped up coming off the bench and really put in a solid effort”, commented Coach Buchanan. Grace will take on NAIA Aquinas College on Tuesday.
Tiger’s #10 Ryan Snyder Battles For Ball
Grace started the game off strong, giving themselves a 2-0 lead with goals from Vasilij Kuiper, assisted by Aaron Weinss, and Brady Zomer. The Tigers would take the 2-0 lead into halftime. Things changed shortly into the second half when a Kuyper forward broke through the Grace defense and put one past keeper Drew Smith. Grace would jump back to a two goal lead as Brady Zomer once again found the net off of a corner sent in by Aaron Weinss. With a 3-1 lead Grace looked to increase the score line but it would be Kuyper who continued to narrow the score line once again, making it 3-2 which was the final score. “We were not at our best to day and a lot of credit goes to Kuyper for that. They wanted this game it was evident. In the end we earned the victory which was not the greatest performance and we have to be better”, said Coach Buchanan. For the next game, Grace will take on Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin this Saturday.
Grace took on Moody Bible Institute in a regional match that ended with the score 0-1. After a couple key defensive plays the Tiger’s thought they had taken the lead off a Jonah Stacy shot that hit the crossbar and came down and out creating confusion whether it had went in or not, but it was ruled not to have gone in. The dead lock would continue to the second half. It was Moody who scored when Grace cleared the ball which hit a Moody player and went into the goal which proved to be the difference maker. Grace nearly equalized when freshman Brady Zomer put a quality header towards goal requiring an equally impressive save from the Moody keeper. “We played well and worked hard today. It was very exciting and close contest. We needed a couple solid individual defensive efforts and we gave ourselves a chance. Whether it was a goal or not I am not sure because it has hard to see, but a tremendous effort none the less. I’m proud with the passion and effort the guys played with tonight. They really enjoyed this game, even though we were disappointed not to have leveled the score there are a lot of positives to take from today,” said Coach Buchanan. Grace will take on Kuyper College Tuesday at 4:00 at home on Velting Field.
The match today against Andrews did not start exactly how the host would have liked.
Cam Befus Looks For Pass
Grace conceded a goal just three minutes into the match. The bad start did not discourage the Tigers as they drew level when Aaron Weinss had a well taken penalty kick after a deliberate handball in the box. Within three minutes Grace took the lead off of Jonah Stacy’s shot from distance proving too much for the Andrews keeper. The second half was more the the same with Grace creating chance after chance. It was senior Ryan Snyder to be on the score sheet next with fantastic play by freshman Vasilij Kuiper who created a chance for Snyder to connect on a cool finish. Jonah Stacy would again score from a fantastic strike from distance leaving the keeper no chance. The final goal was capped by Aaaron Weinss’ incredible free kick placing it in the side netting. Grace out shot Andrews 15 to 4, and had the edge on corners by 9 to 2. Grace will now face NCCAA #1 ranked Moody Bible Institute on Saturday.
The Tiger’s played their first regional game today against Lincoln Christian University and
Aaron Weinss Gets Past Lincoln Defender
kept the clean sheet defeating them by the score of 11-0. Jonah Stacy, Vasilij Kuiper and Aaron Weinss each scored two goals in the contest. Also scoring goals for the Tigers were Alex Stoddard, Michael Moran, Chris Thompson, and Cameron Toliver, and Nathan Colby. To go along with his two goals freshman Aaron Weinss also added three assist while Jonah Stacy chipped in two as well. Every single player for the Tigers featured in the contest. “It was important for us to get this win at home. We were able to get all the guys in and see valuable planing time. We will look to keep the momentum going here as we have games early next week,” said Caoach Buchanan. The Tigers out shot Lincoln 26 to 2, had 8 corners to 3. Grace will play next versus Andrews University on Monday at 6:00 pm at home on Velting Field.
Grace went into tonight’s game knowing they would be up against a very solid team. The Tiger’s came into the game up to the challenge. Through the first half Grace defended well making it difficult for Hope and went into half-time down by the score of 0-1. The Tiger’s came out in the second half and conceded a goal just after the whistle. As Grace continued to battle on, Hope continued to capitalize on their opportunities. “We understood what quality Hope College always has and it would be a good test in a number of areas. I was very pleased with the first half and even in the second although we conceded more than I would have liked, but you have to give credit to them. Chris Thompson did a very good job of controlling the defense and even with us giving up six goals there was a lot of positives out there. Asumani Iyakaremye also played very well tonight. I credit the guys with keeping a fantastic attitude and giving maximum effort tonight. This was a loss that I think will make this team stronger and we can all see the positives in the game tonight,” commented Coach Buchanan. Although Grace created a few chances they were not able to capitalize on them and lost by the score of 0-6. Grace will play next at home on Saturday against Lincoln Christian University at 2:00 pm on Velting Field.
Freshman Austin Olson In Navy Makes Pass