WINONA Lake, Ind. (August 28, 2014) - The John Brown men's soccer team out-shot the host Grace (Ind.) Lancers (2-1) in the season-opener, but allowed a goal in the 56th minute, falling 1-0 to the Lancers tonight.
Grace's Austin Altimus picked out a nifty pass in traffic and sent a ball to Kyle Hamlin on the left side of the box, and the junior striker took care of the rest, slotting the ball into the back of the net in the 56th minute.
The Golden Eagles (0-1) used 5-4 and 9-8 shooting advantages in the first and second half, respectively, but were unable to solve Robbie Barnhill (1-0), who made five saves in the winning effort. Freshman netminder Adam Holt (0-1) secured five saves, including four in the second half, but still suffered the loss in his collegiate debut.
"It was a nice first game to play this season," admitted head coach Scott Marksberry. "Grace plays hard, and the game had the physicality of a conference match. We didn't do ourselves any favors with our finishing tonight. We missed far too many clear chances from inside of the box. We created the chances, but we wasted them. We'll have to be sharper in our finishing on Saturday."
Grace earned an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks. Seniors Martin Gonzlez and Ryan Duncan each recorded a pair of shots on goal. Junior defender Logan Hellinghausen and senior midfielder Jose Nino both sent shots on goal in the losing effort.
The Golden Eagles will wrap up its two-game Indiana road trip on Saturday (Aug. 30) at Saint Francis (Ind.). Kick off is set for 4:00 p.m.