Lancers’ offense unleashed at Taylor

UPLAND, Ind. – The 2020 season began with three straight nailbiters for Grace’s men’s soccer team.

The Lancers made sure Saturday’s outcome would be different.

Grace defeated Taylor 4-0 on the road to pick up the team’s first victory of the season.

The Lancers (1-2-1, 1-2-1 Crossroads League) were dominant in the win, outshooting the hosts 24-8. Grace had 14 shots on goal and also took seven corner kicks in an offensive outburst.

Offense was slow for Grace at the start of Saturday’s match, but the onslaught was soon to come. The Lancers did not have a shot to their credit for the first 15 minutes.

Grace quickly sparked to life in the 16th minute, however, firing off five shots in a five-minute span. The Trojans momentarily withstood Grace’s rapid-fire attack.

In the 27th minute, however, Grace broke through. Jules Peycelon scored at the 26:55 mark on a long-range effort, assisted by Flavio Cruz.

The Lancers maintained the 1-0 lead into halftime. Grace pressed hard for a second goal before halftime, shooting five times in the last eight minutes.

The momentum carried into the second half for Grace. Ten minutes after halftime, Ze Maria Goncalves crossed to Ulisses Miranda. Miranda took care of the rest, netting Grace’s second goal.

In the 69th minute, Daigo Adachi scored after a cross from Blake Burns.

The scoring was concluded by Jonny Mora, tacking on an unassisted goal at the 73:53 mark for the final 4-0 scoreline.

Miranda led all players with five shots, and Goncalves added four shots. Joe Bowles and Colton Wottring combined for the shutout as goalkeepers.

Grace outshot Taylor 12-4 in each half, and the Trojans also were on the short end of corner kicks (7-2).

The Lancers will play their third-straight road match on Tuesday, traveling to Indiana Wesleyan for a 7 p.m. match.