After dropping the first match to the Trailblazers of Ohio Christian two weeks ago, the Lady Tigers were hopeful they could even the score the second time around. Unfortunately for GBC, the result was eerily similar to the first game. The final score was identical with Ohio Christian winning 3-1.
Ohio Christian struck quickly, scoring in the first 9 minutes of the match. After that Grace settled down a bit and started to contain the explosive Trailblazer offense. Although Ohio Christian out possessed the Tigers during the next 30 minutes, scoring opportunities for GBC were certainly present. With 6 minutes to play in the half Ohio Christian tallied their second goal and led 2-0 going into the break. The second half was a much more balanced match as both sides had several good opportunities but nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. Grace answered first in the second half with only 14 minutes to play. Tina Mattias patiently cut around the outstretched arms of the oncoming keeper and placed a shot in the side netting. Ohio Christian rounded out the scoring two minutes later. The Trailblazers outshot the Tigers 24-6 with Kerie Rudd making 21 saves in a losing effort.
The Tigers had several players play solid matches. Becky Stillin played an excellent match defensively and had the difficult job of marking the Trailblazers top goal-scorer. Marta Huizenga-Hegg chipped in at the offensive end giving GBC consistent offensive pressure. And Olivia Rigg gave the Lady Tigers a lift coming off the bench with aggressive play. “It was great to see so many girls step up to the challenge and put forth excellent effort,” said Coach Vissia. “I think we are starting to understand our individual roles and play within ourselves.”
The Tigers will face the Red Lions of Lincoln Christian University at 12:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.