WINONA LAKE, Ind. - Opening day of league play lived up to the hype as the clash between the Foresters and the Lancers ended in a 1-0 victory for the Grace College men’s soccer team Saturday afternoon.
With this loss, HU drops to 5-3-2 overall, 0-1 in Crossroads play.
The Lancers wasted no time taking control of the match when Kyle Hamlin found back netting just five minutes into play for what proved be the game-winner. Grace controlled the majority of the first half by outshooting HU 6-1 through the first 45 minutes.
After regrouping at halftime, HU came out with renewed energy looking for the equalizer, tallying nine of their ten shots in the second half as well as all seven of their corner kicks. But Lancer goalie Collin Cone made sure their efforts weren’t rewarded by coming up with several impressive saves for the shutout.
Drew Mattingly took the loss in goal. He finished with three saves.
“Defensively I was pleased with the way we competed all afternoon,” said Coach Lawson. “Although we were frustrated with our offensive performance in the first half, the boys responded well and gave a valiant effort in the second half.
“If it weren’t for a few key saves, I thought we were definitely deserving of a result.”
HU hits the road again on Wednesday to take on Mount Vernon Nazarene University at 4:00 p.m.