Saints Fall to Grace College
Men's Soccer - Tue, Sep. 15, 2009
(South Bend, IN) The men's soccer team hosted the Lancers of Grace College Tuesday evening at the Indiana Invaders Complex located in South Bend, Indiana.
Both teams played tough in the first half as missed opportunities kept the game scoreless. The Lancers were able to break through the Saints defense with quick passing that led to a goal in the 28th minute. Darrell Goff netted the goal and Ryan Gerber recorded the assist on the play. The Saints were forced to play with 10 players late in the first half when Rahim Mmadi was called for a red card. The Lancers were relentless in their attack throughout the game. However, the Saints held strong and were down a goal at the end of the first half.
"Soccer is a funny game, a couple of misses early on can really effect the psyche of a team and I think it effected us tonight," said Head Coach Dustan Harley. "After those near misses, Grace was able to mount a steady attack and found the back of the net to put them up 1-0. This goal took the wind out of our sails."
The second half was controlled by the Lancers as they attempted 12 shots to the Saints 1. Lancer, Stephen Fowler, headed a cross from Jordan Sharp as Grace took a 2-0 lead 6 minutes into the second half. Grace added two more goals before the end of the game and finished with a 4-0 victory. The Saints were outshot 23 - 7 and Marciniak had 11 saves in the loss.
The Saints travel to Huntington University Friday night. The Foresters are currently 5-1 on the year.