After posting the first win in GBC women’s soccer history last week, the Lady Tigers decided they enjoyed the taste of victory. The Red Lions of Lincoln Christian University paid a visit to GBC Saturday afternoon and the results were much to the liking of the Tigers. The final score read GBC 3 and LCU 0 giving the Tigers their second shutout in the last seven days.
The match started slowly for both sides before Joanne Coffey ripped a shot from the top of the 18 into the upper corner. The shot gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead going into the break but more importantly sparked a little enthusiasm for the second half. Within the first ten minutes of the second half GBC added their other two tallies. The first came off a set play from Coffey to a streaking Martha Huizenga-Hegg making it a 2-0 game. The second goal of the half saw Coffey once again involved. Laura Vinton managed to place a ball right on Coffey’s foot who finished with a quick one-time release. Although Lincoln had their opportunities the defense did an excellent job keeping them out of the net. It was the first time all season Lincoln has been shutout of a match. The Lady Tigers outshot the Red Lions 22-18 and Kerie Rudd made 18 saves in net.
“The first half was a bit of a struggle,” commented Coach Heger, “but the girls did what was needed to win the match. Kerie kept us in the game when things weren’t falling for us. The breakaway she smothered in the first half when the score was knotted at 0-0 was huge. It could have been an entirely different outcome without that key stop.”