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.