Falcons Go Undefeated In Regular Season Commonwealth
By Cody Swartz, Gomessiah.com Reporter
“At this point in the season, the girls are really coming together well,” said Jan Trapp, Messiah’s head coach. “Every single player played today and it was really nice to get everyone in. We started subbing early and I was pleased with how the subs did.”
The Falcons received a pair of goals from two different players, with junior Emily Hursh scoring the first and last, and classmate Kelly Martin providing the middle two.
Hursh’s first goal came 23:07 into the game, as she took a cross from Juliana Hershey – the team’s leading scorer – and tapped it in for a 1-0 Messiah lead.
Martin scored her first goal just over a minute later with senior Kourtney Ehly taking the assist, and followed it up with her second goal unassisted right before halftime. Hershey-to-Hursh worked again midway through the second half, as the pair combined on another goal to give Messiah a 4-0 lead that would last for the duration of the contest.
“You could always go for more goals, but I would rather see all of our girls play, and I was glad that was able to happen in today’s game,” Trapp said. “The girls – especially the subs – are getting better every time they take the field and they all gave a good effort. They’re not going to see the field too much every game, so I was glad they did play.”
Ball control was the name of the game, as the Falcons recorded 20 shots to the Lions’ none, and 16 penalty corners to the Lions’ one. Dating back to 2005, Messiah has now beaten Albright seven straight times, outscoring the Lions 39-0 during that span.
Goalkeepers Kayleigh Stewart, Molly Gebrosky, and Jess Garber all saw action in the contest, though the defense was strong enough that none of them was needed to record a save.
With the win, the Falcons (12-3, 6-0) conclude the season with a 6-0 conference record, the third straight year the Falcons have pulled off a perfect record within the conference. This also marks the fifth straight shutout win – and seventh overall – for the eighth-ranked Falcons, a team that will be heading into next week’s conference playoffs with a lot of momentum.
Messiah plays one more regular season game – a home contest against 14th-ranked William Smith College on Saturday – before the 2011 Commonwealth Conference playoffs begin. Game time for this Saturday’s contest is 12 p.m.
“This will be a really good contest for us,” Trapp said. “The girls will just need to focus and play a good, hard game. It’s a great game for us to have right before playoffs.”