WATERTOWN, WI—The Maranatha women’s soccer team defeated Grace Bible College 2-0 on an overcast, rainy afternoon in Watertown.
Coming off of a big 16-0 win over Lincoln Christian a week earlier, the Crusaders came out with intensity, and registered a shot on goal just thirty seconds into the match. The shot was taken by sophomore forward Olivia Doerstling (Lantana, TX), but was turned away by Tiger goalkeeper Lindsey Anible (Comstock Park, MI).
Maranatha would find the back of the net just fourteen minutes later, however, as freshman forward Natasha Vinz (Cheboygan, MI) notched her eleventh goal of the season to put the Crusaders up 1-0.
The Tiger defense would remain strong for the remainder of the first half, with seven key saves coming from Grace’s freshman goalkeeper.
A mere ten minutes into the second half, the rain began to fall heavily on the field, causing both teams to struggle to find any consistent forms of attack.
At the 72nd minute, the athletic staff noticed lighting in the distance and attempted to notify the officials to stop play. The head official misunderstood the request, however, and proceeded to let the game continue.
This misunderstanding was taken advantage of by the Crusaders, as sophomore midfielder Harmony Lorch (Aurora, CO) scored on a breakaway at the 75th minute to give Maranatha the 2-0 lead.
After the goal, the officials and athletic staff met together and decided to suspend the game due to lightning and inclement weather. Knowing the NCAA rule, the teams lobbied for a thirty-minute break, followed by fourteen more minutes of action to finish out the match. Knowing the current radar and impending darkness, however, the officials and athletic staff decided to call the game at the 75th minute.
The match ended with a 2-0 victory for the Crusaders, and goes into the record books as an official game despite the early punctuation mark. The Lady Crusaders improve to 5-3 overall, with a 5-0 NCCAA record.
The Crusaders next match-up will be in River Forest, IL, on Tuesday afternoon as they take on the Cougars of Concordia Chicago at 4:30 pm.