#1 Falcons Overcome Lightning For Win Over Royals
Palmyra, PA — For the second time in 2011, the weather forced a change of venue for the Messiah men's soccer team. For the second time, the team responded with a win.
The #1-ranked Messiah Falcons defeated Eastern Mennonite University 2-0 on Tuesday night, on a turf field at In The Net in Palmyra. The game was moved to the turf field after rainfall put the Falcons' Shoemaker Field in jeopardy. The team experienced a similar change earlier this season when they defeated Haverford College on the Clark Field turf of Gettysburg College. Tuesday's defeat of EMU suggests the Falcons don't mind the last-minute adjustments.
Early in the game it seemed as though the rain might not even be an issue, as both teams played under a cool and somewhat cloudy sky. Just over 150 fans made the trip, the majority rooting for the Falcons. It took only until the 15th minute before the team delivered something to cheer about.
Freshman Brian Ramirez lofted a corner into the middle of the box where Jordan Sands put a head on the ball as EMU goalkeeper Patrick Fox tried to corral it in the air. As they two came down, it appeared Fox had both hands on the ball but nevertheless lost possesion. The ball ball bounced once to the direction of senior Danny Thompson who touched the ball to the back of the net from six yards out.
The play, which coincided with a light rainfall, seemed deflating for EMU as Fox felt he was interfered with by Sands. For Messiah, it was a 1-0 lead and Thompson's team-leading sixth goal of the year.
Ten minutes later, the Falcons would double their total, again off a Ramirez-Sands connection. This time, Sands' head would fine the ball for a clean direction into the net. The 2-0 lead would follow Messiah into the half.
In the second half, more thunder would strike— but it wouldn't be in the form of a goal. At the 43:10 mark lightning and thunder, followed soon after by a steady downpour, would delay the match for 64 minutes.
When the game resumed, Messiah's pressure would continue as they would total 10 second half shots to EMU's three. The steady speed and aggressiveness of the Falcons resulted in some frustration from the Royals' players, too, as two yellow cards would be given out for unsportsmanlike conduct.
In the end, the win moved Messiah to 8-0-1 on the season. Eastern Mennonite dropped to 5-5-1.
Messiah returns to action on Friday, September 30, when they travel to Widener University to take on the Pride for a 7:30 p.m. contest.