AURORA, COLORADO: The Grace University men's soccer team traveled to Aurora, Colorado, to play against the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats (5-8-1) on Friday, October 27, and against the Ottawa University Spirit (8-7-0) on Saturday, October 28. The Royals lost to the Wildcats 0—3 and to the Spirit 1—12; they now have a 4-11-1 record.
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY: The Royals struggled against Johnson & Wales in the first half, allowing the Wildcats' first goal twelve minutes into the game. The Wildcats scored again eight minutes later to bring the score to 0—2 twenty minutes into the first half. After a foul was called on Grace, the Wildcats scored their third goal of the game off a penalty kick, leaving the score at 0—3 at halftime. In the second half, the Royals were able to keep the Wildcats from scoring again but were unable to score themselves, thus losing the game 0—3. Senior keeper Spencer Hoyt had 12 saves.
OTTAWA UNIVERSITY: The Royals faced a difficult matchup against Ottawa. The Spirit scored their first goal eight minutes into the first half; they scored two more goals in the next ten minutes to bring the score to 0—3 in the nineteenth minute of the first half. The Spirit scored their next three goals within a two-minute period between the thirty-third and thirty-fifth minute; Grace responded two minutes later with a goal from Alex Drent off an assist from James Hofer. At halftime, the Royals were down 1—6. In the second half, the Spirit scored six more times; because the Royals were unable to score, they lost the game 1—12.
UP NEXT: The Royals' final game of the season will be at home against Nebraska Christian College on Friday, November 3, at 8 p.m. It will be Senior Night.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff