Black, Thompson Lead Falcons Over Knights
Grantham, PA - It was apparent that the Knights of Arcadia University had a plan on how to defeat the Falcons on Saturday at Shoemaker Field. Through 45 minutes of play it worked fairly well. The next 45? Not exactly.
#1 Ranked Messiah College scored three second half goals to beat the Knights 3-0 on Saturday night. Senior Derek Black broke the zero-zero tie on a header that was crossed in by Jack Thompson in the 52nd minute.
"He continues to improve and get better," said Messiah coach Brad McCarty, reflecting on Black's scoring ability. "We love his speed, he is an intelligent player and he finds ways to be dangerous."
In the 75th minute, fellow senior Danny Thompson scored on an assist from younger brother Jack. The off-balance strike with his left foot, slightly deflected by an Arcadia defender, found the back of the net for 2-0 lead.
"Danny always works really hard and he just finds ways to put the ball in the back of the net," said McCarty.
Only one minute later Danny Thompson scored his 10th goal of the year in a more conventional fashion, on a penalty kick.
Although Arcadia played an aggressive game, Messiah was persistent on both offense and defense for all 90 minutes.
"Arcadia was well organized, they had great team speed and limited our opportunities," noted McCarty as his team moved to 11-0-1. "In the second half our desire was to wear them down mentally and physically and I was pleased that our guys were able to maintain a high level of intensity throughout the game."
Messiah has now outscored opponents 39-7 on the season, consistently maintaining high intensity to foil their opponents' strategies.
Messiah, in addition to collecting their 11th win, move to 2-0 in the Commonwealth Conference. The Falcons will continue conference play on Tuesday when they travel to Lycoming to take on the Warriors at 3:30 p.m.