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Eight Goals Highlight Thumping of Gettysburg
Messiah moved to 8-3 on the season with an 8-0 win over Gettysburg on Wednesday.

By Cody Swartz, Gomessiah.com Reporter
Grantham, PA - The Messiah Falcons rolled to an 8-0 shutout win over the Gettysburg Bullets on Wednesday afternoon, marking the third straight win for a Falcons team that is ranked ninth in the nation.

“We played very well today,” said Jan Trapp, Messiah’s head field hockey coach. “Our goal today was just to play well on that surface and we thought we did a great job of that.”

The Falcons, who had defeated the Bullets 6-0 last year and 4-0 in 2009, won their ninth straight against Gettysburg dating back to 2003. During their current three game win streak, the Falcons have scored 16 goals and allowed just one.

In today’s contest, Messiah wasted no time getting on the board early, as senior Kourtney Ehly scored just 80 seconds into the game, putting in a shot off a rebound from junior Emily Hursh. After going down first in four of the last seven games, Messiah had an early lead and never looked back.

After getting the assist on Ehly’s goal, Hursh scored one of her own at the 10:58 mark, this time getting the assist from Ehly. Hursh took a pass and dribbled into the circle, shooting the ball in from five yards out.

“It was relaxing for us to get a goal so early and then another goal soon after that,” Trapp said. “The girls never got lazy in this game even with the lead early on, and they played hard for us all game.”

From there, the Falcons notched a plethora of goals, exploding for six in a 22-minute span that gave the Falcons an 8-0 lead barely three minutes into the second half. It was the highest scoring output in a game for the Falcons since last year’s 8-0 drubbing of Shenandoah University.

“We scored so early in both halves, and that was great for us,” Trapp said. “We had so many great players on offense – Kourtney, Emily, and Juliana led the way for us.”

Ehly scored twice for the Falcons and notched an assist, giving her eight goals (second on the team) and a team-high seven assists on the season. The All-Conference forward currently ranks sixth on the Falcons’ all-time record books for career goals (68), fifth for assists (34), and sixth for points (170).

Hershey tallied a pair of goals for her own (and an assist), giving the junior a team-high 14 goals in just 11 games. It was her third consecutive multi-goal game and fifth of the season. Hursh played an outstanding game, finishing with two goals scored and two assists; the Lancaster, PA native ranks fourth on the team with 11 points this year.

Junior midfielders Natalie Ziegler and Sara Kongkatong also scored for Messiah. It was Ziegler’s first goal of the season and Kongkatong’s first goal of her collegiate career. The remaining assists were notched by junior Kelly Martin (two) and Ziegler.

Along the way, the Messiah defense played its usual stout game, holding the Bullets to zero goals on just six shots and six penalty corners. In addition to outscoring Gettysburg 8-0, Messiah also dominated the advantage in shots, 20-6. In goal, sophomore Kayleigh Stewart started the game, playing a scoreless first half before giving way to freshman Jess Garber. Garber played a shutout half in her first taste of collegiate action, registering two saves along the way.

The Falcons host Widener University on Saturday at Messiah’s Anderson Field, the first of four Commonwealth games the Falcons play in an 11-day span. The game is also one of three Homecoming Day games for Messiah Athletics, with volleyball (11:00 a.m.), women’s soccer (3:00 p.m.), and men’s soccer (6:00 p.m.) also competing. All four teams are currently undefeated in conference play.

Game time for field hockey contest is set for 1 p.m.