DES MOINES, IA - Graceland University women's soccer earned a 3-2 victory over Robert Morris University(IL) in Des Moines, IA Sunday morning.
The Jackets who were coming off a 1-1 tie with Saint Ambrose University has improved their record to 1-0-1 on the season.
"Today's win showed a lot of courage, determination and work ethic," said Ozzie White, head coach. "We have a collective buy in that is turning this group of talented individuals into a decent team."
The high-scoring contest started off quickly, as RMU's Detzie Reveles hit the upper right corner of the goal from just outside the box 10 minutes into regulation. As Graceland worked to settle into the game, the Jackets drew a foul at the 30 minute mark. Junior midfielder Hannah Hiner took the direct free kick, shooting the ball past the keeper to even the score. The team's played back-and-forth for the rest of the half, the score remaining tied at 1-1. The Yellowjackets outshot the Eagles 8-2 in the first half.
After the break, Senior Bethany Koutsouridis connected with freshman midfielder Stephanie Palomo who scored off a shot from outside the 18-yard box over the keeper's head. Graceland held a 2-1 advantage just minutes into the second half. Five minutes later, Robert Morris answered with their own goal. Lauren Campbell scored off a deflected ball, evening the contest at 2-2.
Graceland looked to exploit Robert Morris' backline, as freshman forward Carissa Fleck was able to get. She dribbled past the keeper placing the ball in the net in the 78th minute of the game. The Yellowjackets remained strong defensively, and GU walked away with the 3-2 victory.
Alexis Ebensberger marked six saves in the contest for the Yellowjackets. Palomo, Hiner, and Fleck each made their only shot of the contest count with a goal.
Women's soccer plays at home Tuesday against Simpson College at 5 p.m.
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