BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 2 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team had a lot of holes to fill from their NAIA National Runner-Up finish from a season ago. The Tigers graduated 10 seniors, three of which were NAIA All-Americans, including keeper Wendy Espejel who had allowed just 11 goals in 24 games. Freshman Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) proved herself to be the person for the job in the Tigers 2-0 win over Grace College (Ind.) on Saturday, Aug. 31.
Vrosh finished the day with six saves, with the most impressive and possibly the most important one coming with just 2:30 minutes left in the game. In what almost appeared to happen in slow motion, Vrosh dove back to stop a slow dribbler off of the foot of Lancer Mallory Rondeau. The save held the Tigers lead and avoided a possible overtime situation.
Sophomore forward Liz Wahl (Homer Glen, Ill.) provided the offensive punch to give Olivet its second win in as many days. Wahl ended the night with both goals, both unassisted. The game-winning goal came at the 62:49 mark, with Wahl tangled amongst defenders. Her second goal came just a minute after Vrosh’s save and right before the final horn.
Olivet (2-0) will travel to the Hastings College (Neb.) Tournament from Sept. 6-7. One Friday, Sept. 6 the Tigers will face No. 18 Graceland University (Iowa) at 11:00 a.m. (MST). The Yellow Jackets enter the game with a 4-0 record, outscoring their opponents 10-0.
On Saturday, the Tigers will face the host, Hastings College. The Broncos are currently 0-1 with their only loss to Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.).