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.