Grace earned a third victory in a row today against Robert Morris Springfield at Velting
Field. The Tigers started the game off much improved from the last taking the lead just three minutes into the game when Colt Nieuwenhuis (Martin, Mi) beat his defender and sent in a cross beating the keeper looking for Ryan Snyder (Wyoming, Mi), but was knocked into the net by a Robert Morris defender before Snyder could tap it home. Grace continued the good play as Asu (Grand Rapids, Mi) took a shot that deflected off the defense and fell to opportunist Chris Thompson (Hudsonville, Mi) who smashed it home three minutes after the first goal. Robert Morris frustration was evident, earning five yellows before the half. The Tigers would lose track of their play and the game became sloppy. Nieuwenhuis would turn from provider to finisher with 2:30 left in the first half scoring from a Josh Armstrong (Muskegon, Mi) pass. The Tiger’s took the 3-0 lead into half. “I was happy with the three goals, but not our play in its entirety. We would have some moments of quality, then go through periods of poor inconsistent play. The second half we wanted to clean some of that up, play better, not see how fast we can get it to goal and score loads of goals. I thought we came out in the second half and improved on the first, but this group will not be satisfied with our body of work today and will be eager to keep improving, but it is a good win none the less”, commented Coach Buchanan. The Tigers did improve in the second half. Possessing the ball and created quality chances. Ten minutes into the second half Armstrong again found a fellow Tiger Ryan Snyder who finished with quality. Coach Buchanan said “Ryan had been hitting them with quality all throughout training, I felt he would score today. He really deserved a goal and it is good that he got one.” Tigers would concede one off a free kick. The final goal would give the Costa rican contingent in the crowd reason to show their support for fellow countrymen Cameron Befus (San Antonia de Belen, Costa Rica) who capitalized off of a spilled cross from the keeper making the final score 5-1. The Tigers out shot Robert Morris 23 to 7, and had 4 corner kicks to their 3. Grace will next take on Kuyper College at home on Tuesday, September 18th at 4:00 pm.