Hershey's Hat Trick Lifts Falcons Over Fords 5-2
Once the game actually started however, the outcome was pretty clear, as the Falcons took a 4-0 lead and coasted to a 5-2 win, giving Messiah (5-2) consecutive victories after a rare two-loss week.
“The weather worked very well to our advantage,” said Jan Trapp, head coach of the Falcons. “I expected a lot of rain and the game to probably even be cancelled. It was nice that we were able to get it in.”
The Falcons scored all five goals courtesy of two players, as junior Juliana Hershey registered a hat trick and senior Kourtney Ehly – last year’s leading goal scorer – added a pair of her own. Hershey leads the team with seven goals, while Ehly has five. The duo has scored over half of Messiah’s goals this season.
“Our new lineup worked very well,” Trapp said. “We have been trying to perfect it and we think we have it right now. When we substitute players in now, we just have to make on sub, rather than switching everyone around. It works a lot better for us.”
Hershey put the Falcons on the board first, scoring a goal unassisted 14:55 into the game off a shot rebound into the lower right corner. She followed that up with a second goal about ten minutes later, taking a pass from teammate Natalie Ziegler and sending it again into the lower right corner of the goal at the 24:06 mark.
The Falcons took their 2-0 lead into halftime, Ehly added to Messiah’s scoring with a goal off a pass from junior Kelly Martin just two minutes into the second half. Hershey struck again with 12 minutes to play, adding her third goal of the game – her third collegiate hat trick – to give the Falcons a comfortable four-goal lead.
The Fords did score a pair of late goals, but Ehly added another one of her own – her second of the game – and the Falcons cruised en route to a 5-2 win.
“It was wonderful to have a home game again, especially after all the traveling,” Trapp said. “It lifted our spirits and I thought the girls attacked really well today. They pressured very strong and kept at it all game.”
For the day, Messiah thoroughly outplayed Haverford, registering 23 shots to their seven, while winning the penalty corners 11 to six.
The Falcons have a few days off before an away matchup with the 10th-ranked TCNJ Lions on Saturday.
“They’re an excellent team,” Trapp said. “We will have to play strong and put up good defense and defend well against their corners.”
Game time for the matchup is slated for Saturday , October 1st at 1 p.m.