On a day filled with athletics at Grace (Men’s and Women’s soccer along with a Volleyball tournament and Tae Kwon Do practice) the Lady Tigers celebrated the birthday of freshman Jamie Hanna with a sound victory over Mount Mary College.
The Lady Tigers continued their winning ways with a 10-1 victory over Mount Mary on the 18th birthday of freshman defender Jamie Hanna. Jamie opened up the scoring for the Tigers and would net 2 more late in the game to finish with the second hat trick of her rookie campaign. Grace took a 2-0 lead into the half and never looked back. Adding 8 more goals in the second the Tigers dominated every facet of the game. Autumn Befus found the back of the net 4 times while Debbie Pekel and Lauren Olsen added 2 goals and 1 respectively to round out the tally at 10 for the Tigers. Of the 1o goals 8 were assisted: Kerie Rudd (3), Debbie Pekel (2), Destiny Banasihan (2), Jessica Pegg (1).
“I thought we came out and played their game and their style of play in the first half.” Said Coach Rumenapp, “I was much more pleased with how we performed in the second. We re-focused on our game plan and were able to have some success. It was nice to see some of the ladies get involved offensively who are not typically able to and to see Jamie get a hat trick on her birthday was really special. I also thought Kerie Rudd was solid for us all game defensively, but offensively she was fantastic. Sometimes she makes it a difficult decision to start her back on defense the next game.”
The Tigers will travel to Ohio on Tuesday to take on Bluffton University in their quest to continue their current winning streak.
Despite losing senior right wing Laura Vinton during warm-ups before the game, the Lady Tigers were able to defeat the Cardinals on Tuesday night. Freshman Debbie Pekel opened up the scoring for the Tigers during the 12th minute of the contest. She would net two more and add an assist before the contest would conclude. Autumn Befus (freshman) would pick up right where Debbie left contributing an assist early in the game and finishing 3 goals of her own, including one from 30+yards away. Also making it onto the score sheet were Destiny Banasihan, Lauren Olsen and Maggie McCann each with an assist.
“First of all I am proud of how we played considering we lost an important and loved player right before kickoff with Laura going down. As far as the game goes, we are starting to communicate better on the offensive end and continue to have a very high assist to goal ratio. That tells me we are creating goals by using our teammates and everyone is getting involved not just expecting one or two players to do it all.” Said Coach Rumenapp, “Our two young ladies up top (Autumn Befus and Debbie Pekel) are beginning to get more comfortable with each other and it is showing. They have 4 years to work together up top and the on field connection is only going to get better.”
The Lady Tigers were able to reach the .500 mark for the first time last night after defeating Andrews University 6-1. The Tigers (now 3-3) have won 2 games in a row and look to keep the momentum going Saturday at noon against Mount Mary at Velting Field.
Saturday at noon the Lady Tigers kicked off against Lincoln Christian, 90 minutes later they etched the match into the history book of Women’s Soccer. Winning by a score of 12-1 the Lady Tigers set a new record for most goals in a single game as well as tying the teams largest margin of victory (both records 9set last year against Robert Morris Lake County in a 11-0 victory).
“I am very pleased with the effort and intentionality our ladies showed today.” Said Coach Rumenapp. “Before the game we told them there were 5 areas we really wanted them to focus on and continue to develop. The ladies were able to stay focused and intentionally think about and execute these things during the game. As a coach I could not be more proud of the effort they put into working on what we asked regardless the score.”
The Tiger’s outshot Lincoln 49-2 while having an edge of 29-2 with shots on frame. Debbie Pekel broke the scoring open early in the match and paced Grace with 4 goals and 1 assist. Jamie Hanna added a hat trick for the Lady Tigers with Autumn Befus adding a brace to go along with her three assists. Destiny Banasihan, Courtney Glinka and April Phillipi all added goals as well for the Tigers.
The Lady Tigers next game is Tuesday evening at 6:00pm home at Velting Field when they host the Cardinals of Andrews University
Note: Debbie Pekel now leads Grace with 9 goals on the season (new single season record) and Autumn Befus leads the team with 4 assists thus far into the season
Saturday afternoon the Lady Tigers faced a tough and well prepared Roosevelt University. Grace came out strong in the first half against the Lakers and matched the intensity. Tactically and athletically the sides were even throughout the half with neither side being able to establish dominance. Roosevelt held the edge in total shots while the Tigers had the more quality scoring chances. The chess match played to a even 0-0 at the halftime whistle.
The Tigers came out of the break with different personnel in their lineup due to Jamie Hanna having to leave the match at half time. Still for the first 5-10 minutes of the second half the Tigers were able to match the Lakers. Then the Lady Lakers established control of the game for the next 15 minutes scoring on 3 straight shots and putting the Tigers in a hole that would prove too deep to climb out of. The young Tigers were able to gather their composure and finish the game playing hard and creating some opportunities to mount a comeback, but were unable to find the back of the net. The Lakers outshot the tigers for the game 26-9.
“We didn’t play poorly, actually for most the game we played very well.” Said Coach Rumenapp, “We lost our composure for about 15 minutes in the second half and it cost us. It’s a learning experience for out ladies. They are improving every game. During our first game we were able to stay focused [as a team] for about 55-60 minutes, today we were focused and dialed in for 75. There has been improvement in each game and significant improvement from the start of the season. Have to hand it to Roosevelt. In a game that neither team really had a clear advantage athletically and playing similarly stylistically they were able to get the job done.”
The Tigers are back to regional play this coming Saturday at 12:00 pm against Lincoln Christian University, the game will be hosted on campus at Velting Field.
The Lady Tigers came up short against Cleary University yesterday evening losing 5-1. Despite the lopsided scoreboard the Tigers controlled much of the game. The possession battle was in he Tigers favor and they controlled most of the tempo having more shots, shots on frame and scoring opportunities than the Cougars. They just could not find the back of the net. The Cougars were able to play a counterattacking style of soccer successfully springing free their speedy striker, #17 Shelby Marsh, on occasion.
The Tigers lone goal came from Senior Laura Vinton (#5) who worked a fantastic combination play with #8 Katie Lathrup and was able to put a move on the Cougars keeper and then dribble around her to find the open net. The Tigers goal came when they were playing down with 10 players for a few minutes due to an injury.
Coach Rumenapp’s Brief thoughts on the game were,” I thought as a whole we played well. They caught us a few times on the counter and it took us too long to adjust. That being said I thought we controlled the game and executed our game plan outside that. We had some great opportunities that we simply could not capitalize on. That will come. We are a young team and I am very pleased with the build up and possession part of the game, we will continue to improve on the finishing aspect of the game. I also thought Jamie Hanna played outstanding. She is continuing to grow more comfortable playing in the middle of the pitch and with each day her confidence grows, so does her effectiveness.”
Freshman Debbie Pekel was named as the NCCAAII Women’s Soccer National Student Athlete of the Week for her efforts last week. Debbie netted 5 goals in her first 2 collegiate games with a hat trick against Ohio Christian and a brace against Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek campus). Debbie became the first player in the Women’s Soccer program to receive this award.
To read to the official NCCAAII release follow the link: http://www.thenccaa.org/awards.aspx?aow=320
Following a well deserved victory against Ohio Christian on Friday, the Tigers traveled to battle Creek, Michigan, to take on the Kellogg Community College. Grace made the trip looking to improve upon last years 0-4 result against the Bruins. The match started off with the Bruins taking advantage of their maximum size facility (120 x 80 yards). Their game plan was to entice the Tigers onto one half the field then switch the ball quickly and run on to it with their speed. The bruins were able to use this tactic with effectiveness during the first half and head into halftime with a 2-1 lead. Debbie Pekel was able to break free of the defense on a ball from Autumn Befus and place a nice left footed finish for the Tigers goal.
The second half was a different story. The Lady Tigers came out with a renewed sense of urgency and poise. Playing as a single unit the Tigers were able to cut off the supply of long balls from the Bruins and win the possession battle for most the second half. Despite controlling the half the lady Tigers still fell into a 3-1 deficit on a quick counter attack. After battling hard and rising to match the physical play of the Bruins Courtney Glinka was able to hold off a defender long enough to play a cross over to Debbie Pekel for her second goal of the match making the score 3-2. The Tigers would get several more chances before the final whistle, but were unable to convert.
Note: With two goals tonight Debbie Pekel now has 5 goals in two games for the Tigers.
On a perfect day for a soccer match at Velting Field the Lady Tigers opened their season at home against the Trailblazers of Ohio Christian. With both squads receiving a makeover in the off-season the contest was sure to be hard fought. It did not disappoint. Debbie Pekel in her collegiate debut showed off her impressive quickness and shooting range by netting all three goals for the Tigers, one in the first half and two in the second (nearly adding a fourth that rang off the crossbar). Assisting Debbie on her way to being named player of the game were Laura Vinton, Sarah Steenwyk and Destiny Banasihan respectively. The Trailblazers refused to go quietly setting loose two strikers with incredible speed (Rachel Bingaman and Lexi Paas) to test the defense of the Tigers. Freshman keeper, Lindsey Anible, set the tone with two textbook parries over the top bar in the first half to preserve the Tigers lead. A strong effort by the Tigers solid defensive pairing of Kerie Rudd and Jessica Pegg aided Lindsey in picking up a clean sheet in her first ever college game. “We knew coming into the game that Coach Murton would have his side ready.” Commented Coach Rumenapp, “Debbie was able to get one early and we were able to hold them until halftime when we could make some necessary adjustments. I have to hand it to our ladies they implemented the mid game adjustments very well, and deserved the result.” The Tigers travel to Battle Creek, Michigan, tomorrow to compete against Kellogg Community College at 1pm.
The lady Tigers traveled to Aquinas College Tuesday afternoon to take on the lady Saints in a scrmmage. It was the first time the Tigers have played in a full side game as a whole unit and the first taste of collegiate play their 8 new freshman have seen. The Tigers played very well out of the gate matching the Saints possession in the first 10 minutes of the contest (the contest was played in 3, 30 minute periods instead of 2, 45 minute halves).
The Saints opened up scoring after 14 minutes and netted 2 more in quick succession to close out the first period of play. After regrouping during the break the lady tigers made some defensive adjustments and executed much better in their own half of the field. They allowed just 3 more goals the remainder of the contest.
“Outside one 10 minute stretch of the game Coach Teesdale and myself are very pleased with how the ladies played.” said coach Rumenapp. “Our ladies kept form very well throughout the match and did a very nice job executing things we have been working on in practice, especially on the defensive end. Aquinas is a very technically sound team and played consistent 2-touch ball. The saints also have over 30 players so heat and fatigue were less of an issue for them.”
The Lady Tigers open up league play this Friday at 11am against Ohio Christian at Velting Field.
Coach Rumenapp announced this week that the lady Tigers will be traveling across town to compete in a friendly scrimmage against Aquinas College on Tuesday, August 20th. The session will begin at 4pm with both teams warming up and training for an hour then competing for the remainder of their time together which ends at 7pm. The format has yet to be disclosed. Coach Rumenapp explained the addition of the scrimmage,
“I am very excited about it. Coach Mark and myself were both looking for a game that affords us the chance to really see what our young players can do on the pitch. Being close in proximity helps a lot and hopefully this can build the relationship between the two schools and grow into an annual event. Aquinas will be one of the most talented sides we will see all year, it will be a good early test for us to see where we are at. Which ever format we decide to use will allow maximum coach to player interaction and instruction.”