The Grace women’s soccer team has quietly put together a nice little winning streak. The streak started a week ago against Lincoln Christian with a 3-0 win, followed by an exciting 3-1 victory at home against the Trailblazers of Ohio Christian, and finally a gritty 2-1 performance at Mount Mary College. The Lady Tigers made the trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Saturday for a 1:00 meeting with the Blue Angels.
Things started out well for the Tigers as Destiny Banasihan cracked a shot on frame that bounced off the keepers hands to a charging Laura Vinton. Vinton was denied by the Mount Mary keeper as well but Sarah Steenwyk followed her shot making sure there would be no rebound. Steenwyk’s goal put GBC up 1-0 in the seesaw battle. There were many near miss opportunities for both sides but neither could capitalize. With only 30 seconds left in the first half the Blue Angels were able to knot the score and tie the match. The goal changed the complexion of the match but only seemed to increase the resolve of the Tigers. Once the second half began it became obvious that the Lady Tigers were determined to press until a goal was obtained. For 35 minutes shot after shot was taken by GBC only to be repeatedly denied. Finally, with only 10 minutes remaining in the match, Banasihan placed the ball on the foot of a streaking Vinton who chipped the keeper with her left footed shot skimming the crossbar and darting into the back of the net. For the final 10 minutes of the game the Tigers played conservatively to preserve the win.
“Once again, we were very pleased with the effort put forth by the girls,” said Coach Yon. “Although September was a difficult stretch, I believe the girls are starting to peak and perform like we know they are capable of playing. There is still room for improvement but we are certainly taking steps in the right direction.”
The past three wins have come at an excellent time as the regional tournament approaches. The final weeks of the season sees the Tigers playing matches at a furious pace. On Monday GBC will see their third game in the past four days. Northland International University will come to town to play a 4:00 game.