Friday afternoon in Grand Rapids saw the visiting Pioneers of Northland International University challenging the Tigers of Grace Bible College. The match was a close battle and could have gone either way. However, in the end the Pioneers edged out the Tigers 1-2.
The Pioneers started out the scoring only 8 minutes into the match on a penalty kick. Kerie Rudd read the shooter correctly getting her hand on the shot but it still had enough power to roll into the net. The Pioneers continued to possess play throughout the remainder of the half and scored on a corner kick with only 37 second left.
The Tigers made several lineup adjustments and the changes paid dividends. GBC had several quality goal-scoring opportunities and finally got the break they were looking for with a handball call in the 18. Kerie Rudd took the penalty kick and finished it beautifully, placing it in the side netting. Grace had a few other great looks on net but simply weren’t able to capitalize. Northland ended with 13 shots on frame to the 7 shots on net for the Tigers. Kerie Rudd made 11 saves in net.
The Tigers ended the season with a 5-13 record. In their third season as a varsity program the Tigers set records in many area some of which were fewest goals allowed, most goals scored, and most wins in a season.
“We knew we were going to have to play a very good match in order to compete,” commented Coach Vissia. “We played hard but committed crucial fouls and allowed too many corners. The effort was there but unfortunately, the results were not.”
The Lady Tigers will have their season-ending banquet on 11/4 at 6:00 pm to reflect on the accomplishments of the year.