OMAHA, NEBRASKA: The Grace University men's soccer team hosted the Nebraska Christian College Sentinels on Friday, November 3. Earlier this season, the Sentinels hosted the Royals; the Royals won that matchup 4—1. In their second matchup this season, the Royals won 4—2.
Neither team scored during the first half of Friday night's game, but Nebraska Christian gained the lead less than a minute into the second half. Grace responded ten minutes later with a goal from Alex Drent to tie the game at 1. Two minutes later, the Royals pulled ahead when Noah Bishop scored off Drent's assist. Three minutes after that (fifteen minutes into the half), the Sentinels scored to tie the game at 2. The Royals regained the lead ten minutes later when Noah Bishop scored off Drent's assist for the second time; Grace secured the win in the eighty-third minute when Ryan Meyo scored to give the Royals a 4—2 advantage. The Royals did not allow the Sentinels to score again and won the match 4—2.
HONORING THE SENIORS: The Royals honored three seniors on the team: center back Ryan Meyo, forward Jordan Kelly, forward James Hofer, and goalkeeper Spencer Hoyt. Ryan Meyo scored the first goal of his collegiate career Friday night against Nebraska Christian; he has also never received a red card as a college student-athlete. Jordan Kelly, who played basketball for the Royals for the last three years and decided to play soccer this year, had 1 goal and 1 assist this season. James Hofer scored 1 goal and had 1 assist this season. Keeper Spencer Hoyt has been a team captain the last two years; he recorded 121 saves in 15 games this season.
This game concluded the 2017 men's soccer season for the Royals.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff