Great Lakes split their series this week as they prepare for the conference tournament, defeating Andrews University 2-1, and falling well short, 10-1, to Davenport University's JV squad.
The Lakes put together a fine performance on Tuesday against Andrews, controlling the possession and the flow of the match consistently from start to finish. The team went ahead in the 35th when they won a penalty off of a handball in the box, which Izzy Sesay - in his first game since being sidelined for medical reasons - finished coolly to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later, Peter Stebbins finished a free kick from twenty yards out to give the Lakes a 2-0 halftime advantage. Although Andrews pulled one back near the end, Great Lakes held on for the 2-1 victory.
On Friday, however, the team really struggled. Missing several starters due to injury, Davenport finished seemingly at will, especially after Don Tetreau was sent off in the 35th. The Lakes were down 6-0 at the break.
The second half was slightly better, as Nathan Boyd-Cleaver checked in to the net and kept Davenport out of the goal for the 22 minutes he was in the goal. The Crusaders couldn't keep their opponents out for too long, though. The defence broke and Davenport continued to score, racking up a 10-0 lead. The Crusaders finally got one late, when Zack Woiteshek beat a pair of defenders and passed the ball to Jeremy Klepal, who played Kevin Downer through for the finish, making the final 10-1.
Game Notes: Max Ganesch, Izzy Sesay, and Nathan Boyd-Cleaver all picked up yellow cards over the week. Don Tetreau was sent off during the Davenport game and is suspended for one match. Peter Stebbins, Jeremy Smith, and Izzy Sesay did not play on Friday for medical reasons.
Up Next: GLCC will take on rival Grace Bible College for the third time this season in the conference tournament on Saturday in Grand Rapids.