by Seth Miller
Over the past two weeks, the Grace men’s soccer team has positioned themselves for a run for a Crossroads League Championship.
On October 13, Spring Arbor (11-3-2, 4-1-2 CL) came to Miller Field to face the Lancers. The Lancers proved too powerful as three goals in the second half led the way to a 4-1 victory. Steven Fiema dazzled the crowd with three amazing goals to lead the Lancers to an important victory. Dylan Anderson added his first goal of his collegiate career to round out the scoring. Gift Sibukome, Trenton Porter, and Shane Barthuly contributed assists to complete Grace’s offensive dominance. Collin Cone preserved the victory with 11
saves to hold off Spring Arbor. Three days later, Grace faced St. Francis (7-10, 1-7 CL). St. Francis was no match as the Lancers shut out the Cougars 3-0 behind goals by Shane Barthuly, Sam Cole, and Fiema. Fiema notched two assists to go along with his goal, which Austin Altimus assisted. Cone preserved the shutout with five saves. The Lancer’s match against Mt. Vernon Nazarene (10-5-3, 5-2-2 CL) proved to be much tougher as the Lancers squeaked out a 3-2 victory. After goals by Fiema and Sibukome, the game was tied heading into the final two minutes of play, when Altimus pounded home the rebound from Fiema’s shot to win the game for Grace
3-2 with 70 seconds left. Cone wrapped up a dominant two weeks with six saves. The Lancers (10-4-2, 5-2-2 CL) wrap up their season with a match at Purdue Calumet on Monday before the Crossroads League tournament begins on Saturday when the Lancers face the No. 6 seed at Miller Field.