Crusader Freshmen Ignite Win Over Great Lakes

LANSING, Mich. – A day after an impressive 3-1 victory over Grace Bible, the men’s soccer team repeated the same score, only this time, against Great Lakes on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Taylor Pill (Watertown, Wis.) had a well-placed goal in the 32nd minute, but Great Lakes responded in the 52nd minute to even the score at 1-1.

It was the freshman who came to the rescue for Maranatha, with Tim Rogers (Willmar, Minn.), brother of Alumni, Karis Rogers, scoring at the 50 minute mark.

Midfielder Todd Howard (Conklin, N.Y.) finished for the team with the insurance goal at the 76th minute.

Junior goalkeeper Kyle Kutz (Cambridge, Wis.) also recorded his first collegiate save for the Crusaders.

Maranatha outshot Great Lakes 23-7 and voted Howard, a freshman substitute, the team award, “Man of the Match.” It is the second time in as many games where a freshman substitute has been given the award.

Coach Pill reflected, “We are creating a lot of opportunities. Great Lakes was a very scrappy team and it was a good culmination to the weekend because of the difficulty of winning two games in as many days. We look forward to playing the defending National Champs on Tuesday and Northland on Saturday.”

The Crusaders play their match against Moody on Tuesday, September 4 at 4:00 p.m.