Frey Gets Happy 50th Times Two In 10-0 Win Over Lycoming
By Matt McDermott, GoMessiah.com student manager
Wednesday night, his team gave him an early present.
The Falcons notched two 5-0 halves — a foreshadow to the skipper’s 50th — against Lycoming College in a very one sided match at Shoemaker Field, beating the Warriors 10-0.
The scoring started early, and lasted throughout the chilly evening. Senior Amanda Naeher got the party started at the 12:09 mark with a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, displaying both accuracy and power in curving a low shot around the Warriors’ wall and off the goalie’s diving hands into the net.
In the blink of an eye, Messiah’s offense continued, when junior Leah Sipe hit home her second goal of the year. Sipe intercepted a clear and turned towards goal with just over 16 and a half minutes elapsed, launching a hard hit ball with her left foot past the keeper at the 16:40 mark.
Two of the Messiah’s next three goals came off play on the wings – those being assisted off passes from freshmen Emily Schneider, and sophomore Rachel Scheibeler at 21:05 and 44:35, respectively — an area where Frey said that Lycoming could not keep up.
“They couldn’t handle our wing play,” Frey said. “We had great pace and played in the right balls tonight. We had great interplay between the midfield and the wingers, and we made some great crosses and passes into the box that we could finish.”
Freshman Ali Rogers also hit a long distance shot, outside the 18 for her fourth goal on the season at the 41:25 mark, coming off an assist from freshman Alicia Frey.
But for Frey’s birthday, the Falcons would repeat their strong effort.
Junior Corinne Wulf polished off her first collegiate hat trick with two second half goals, Rogers notched her second of the game and sophomore Alex Brant and junior Jess Shirk also scored to post back-to-back 5-0 halves to put the icing on the cake.
The seven different goal scorers were the most in a single game all season for Messiah (12-0, 2-0). And with 36 total shots, 18 on goal and seven crosses against Lycoming (7-5, 0-3), Messiah put together one of the best offensive performance of the season. But Frey said he didn’t want his strong defense to be overlooked.
“Yes, I did think this was one of the best performances we have had all year,” Frey said. “We played really well at getting up, but our back row was very steady. They connected on passes for us. They didn’t turn the ball over from the backs to the mids. They were so strong for us.”
Some may say that a 10-0 blow out doesn’t help a team with National Championship potential, but Frey says the opposite.
“Tonight, everyone played.” Frey said. “Everyone got a chance to get into the game and to show what they can do for this team. This helps us by letting everyone get game time experience to play at our high pace, to establish rhythm, to executive what we do in practice on the field. This game helps us this time of year with our decision making, our execution and our discipline. We did all of those things tonight and I’m proud of the effort the girls put out tonight.”
Messiah will look to continue its commanding play Saturday against Widener University —ranked 21st in this week’s NSCAA/Hendrickcars.com Top 25 Poll — on Messiah’s Homecoming weekend. Game time is set for 3 p.m.