Ramirez Brothers Lead Falcons To Victory Over Lebanon Valley
Grantham, PA -- The fans cheered...and waited...and cheered some more. They even started chanting.
After all that patience, the Falcons delivered.
Freshman Brian Ramirez broke a scoreless tie in the 77th minute as the Falcons defeated Lebanon Valley in front of over 3,700 fans on Homecoming Day at Messiah. The victory moved Messiah to 4-0 in the Commonwealth Conference.
The goal came off an assist by Ramirez's older brother Kent, who played the ball off a corner kick to the top of the 18. Brian's strike past the Dutchmen keeper would launch the fans in attendance into a loud celebration.
It would be only three minutes later that Kent would put his own goal in the net. After receiving a quick pass from the midfield from senior Danny Thompson, Kent attacked left and curled his shot from 20-yards out to the far, right post. The ball was lofted perfectly over the outstretched arm of James Clements. Clements, who made six saves on the day for the Dutchmen, was unable to keep the ball from hitting the back of the net. Again, the fans erupted.
"I thought we had some opportunities to score before the 77th minute," said coach Brad McCarty. "The Ramirez boys stepped up and made plays when we needed them, and it was great that we were able to take advantage of the opportunities that came our way."
In the end, the Falcons would out-shoot the Dutchmen 26-3. A number of the Falcons' best opportunities to score were thwarted by the Dutchmen defense and Clements, who made a couple diving saves to keep the game scoreless. Messiah would take 10 corner kicks to LVC's one.
"LVC came in with a plan to keep us out of their goal and their defense did a great job throughout the first half," said McCarty. "They did it through most of the second half as well. Our guys did the best to keep the ball on the ground and we were able to create opportunities that we needed. I thought LVC played really well, they battled, and our guys stepped up and found the right plays."
With the victory, Messiah moves to 13-0-1 overall, and maintains their undefeated placement atop the Commonwealth standings. Lebanon Valley falls to 9-6 overall, including 2-2 in the Commonwealth.
Messiah returns to action on Wednesday, October 19, when they travel to Albright College for an 8:00 p.m. game time. The Falcons return home on Saturday, October 22, to oppose Alvernia University in their last regular-season home game in 2011.