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Hershey Leads Falcons Over Knights
Junior Kelly Martin (above) has played a pivotal role in the midfield this year for the Falcons.

By Cody Swartz, Gomessiah.com Reporter
Grantham, PA - The Messiah Falcons (7-3, 2-0) traveled to Glenside, PA today, coming away with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Arcadia University. Messiah utilized another strong offensive performance by junior Juliana Hershey to score three second-half goals in the conference win over the Knights.

For the Falcons, it was their second straight victory on the season and second in as many conference games, giving Messiah 15 consecutive conference wins since 2009.

“Both the offense and the defense did really well,” said Jan Trapp, Messiah’s head coach. “The field was worse than any field we’ve played on in awhile, and I thought our team played as well as we could.”

Despite dominating the Knights in shots and field possession in both halves, the Falcons struggled to score early on. Arcadia took a 1-0 lead 20:30 into the game, the team’s first goal against the Messiah Falcons since the Commonwealth Conference grouped the two teams together in 2008.

The Falcons had previously defeated the Knights 14-0 in 2008, 7-0 in 2009, and 6-0 in 2010, giving Messiah a 27-0 advantage in goals in the head-to-head matchup between the two squads.

“I think the girls were frustrated early that we couldn’t score a goal, especially since we were down in their territory for so much of the game,” Trapp said. “The field made for some bad bounces and an unpredictable playing surface. Then again, both teams did have to play on the same field.”

Messiah bounced back strong with three goals in an eight-minute span in the second half, putting the game away. Hershey scored the first two, getting assists from Kilee Rosenberry and Kelly Martin, while Rosenberry scored a goal of her own off an assist from Emily Bower to top off the scoring output for the day.

For Hershey, it was her team-leading 11th and 12th goals; she has scored twice as much as the next highest scorer on the team. It also gives Hershey five goals in the last two games.

“Everyone on our forward line can score,” Trapp said. “Juliana has really been putting it in lately and she’s on a nice hot streak. As much as she’s been on a tear though, we have a bunch of players that are capable of stepping up. They’re all totally unselfish and they don’t care who scores.”

For the day, Messiah won the shot advantage 25-4 and the penalty corners 16-5. The defense held strong, and despite the goal the Knights scored, Arcadia didn’t record a single other shot on goal all game against a stout Messiah defense that has allowed just 1.5 goals per game.

Goalkeepers Molly Gebrosky and Kayleigh Stewart split the action in goal, with Gebrosky starting the game and Stewart finishing with a shutout half in the cage.

The Falcons travel to Gettysburg College on Wednesday afternoon for a contest with the 4-6 Bullets. Game time for the contest is slated for 4:30 p.m.