WINONA LAKE, IND. – For the second time in less than 72 hours, Manchester University produced an electrifying 100-plus-minutes on the pitch against a neighboring National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ foe Friday, Sept. 21.
With the memories of a knock-down, drag-out two extra session tie against Huntington University still fresh from Sept. 19, head coach Corey Brueggeman’s side and the host Grace College Lancers gave the fans in attendance at 1st Source Bank Field plenty to sit on the edge of their seats about. Senior netminder Justin Meredith (Shelbyville, Ind.) stood on his head on several occasions knocking away 11 home team shot on goal attempts during a 30-7 shots advantage by Grace, and sophomore forward Josh Gonzalez (Portage, Ind.) got the Black and Gold offense off to a fast start with a goal in the eighth minute off a perfectly placed ball by senior midfielder Josh McCoy (LaPorte, Ind.) to highlight the Spartans’ successes.
Grace College managed to avert the spectacular road win attempt by MU. A score in the 67thminute tied it at 1-1, and a score in the waning moments of the second overtime lifted the Lancers to the 2-1 decision.
Manchester University (2-5-1) begins a stretch of playing three of its next four matches at Good Field Wednesday, Sept. 26. In-state NCAA Division III rival Trine University comes to town for a 4 p.m. kickoff.