Falcons Start Strong in Win Over Wittenberg
Grantham, PA – As the corner kick sailed to the far post off the foot of sophomore Ali Rogers, senior Leah Sipe positioned herself to head the ball to the front of the goal. There, it was headed by senior Kelsey Gorman to the right post where, once again, the ball was headed by senior Erin Hench and into the net. Four touches resulting in a goal with ball never hitting the ground? Now that’s teamwork.
Teamwork is what was on display Friday night in Grantham where the #2-ranked Falcons defeated Wittenberg University by the score of 7-0. Six different players tallied the seven goals for Messiah, with four different players collecting assists.
The scoring came early and often as senior Corrine Wulf slotted the first goal into the right corner off a through pass from Hench at the 10:50 mark. Less than nine minutes later, senior Kelsey Gorman rebounded her own shot off the Wittenberg keeper to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Wingard would score the third goal off a touch from sophomore Alicia Frey at the 28:03 mark, and the Falcons never looked back. With just under three minutes left in the half, junior Anne Trapp completed the first-half scoring by punching in a shot from a mess in the box.
The Hench goal, which resulted from assists from Sipe and Gorman, highlighted the offensive attack of the evening. Two minutes later, senior Olivia Scott pounded the ball into an open net on a cross from Wulf and, with 68:00 on the clock, Wulf knocked in her second goal of the game on assists from freshman Hannah Weyland and junior Rachel Scheibeler to complete the scoring.
Messiah collected 14 shots in the first half, and finished with 29 shots in the game. Wittenberg was held without a shot by the Falcon defense. Wittenberg keeper Melissa Gartner collected eight saves on the night.
The Falcons will look to continue their strong start on Saturday evening, as they host Swarthmore College in the second game of the Messiah Classic. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. following the 4:00 p.m. match-up of Wittenberg and Moravian College.