Offense Makes Good Of Opportunities, Defense Stifles LVC
Grantham, PA – Junior Corinne Wulf added two more goals to her team-leading total as the #1 Messiah College Falcons defeated Lebanon Valley College on Saturday. Wulf now has 13 goals on the year.
Though controlling possession for most of the game, the Falcons seemed a tick off their usual pace. The Dutchmen found themselves able to negate many of Messiah's early scoring opportunities, even though the home team took 11 total shots in the first frame. Indeed, Messiah's lone goal of the first half wouldn't come off a traditional shot, as LVC keeper Sami Young made four first-half saves to keep LVC close. One save she couldn't make would be on a penalty-kick by Wulf.
Wulf, second in the Commonwealth in goals scored, would receive the opportunity after senior Erin Hench was taken down in the box by a Dutchmen defender. The play, one of many physical plays around the box on day, gave Wulf her third penalty-kick shot in the last three games. As with the previous two, she found the back of the net to give Messiah (12-0-1) a 1-0 lead.
The teams entered the half with the Falcons up 1-0, with Lebanon Valley (9-4-3) having only one shot.
In the second half Messiah's play picked up a bit, but they would have to wait halfway into the frame to score again.
In the 68th minute, that score came off the foot of Wulf, this time off an assist from senior Lisa Wingard. Wulf would strike the ball to the top, left corner of the goal to give Messiah a 2-0 lead they wouldn't relinquish. For Wingard, it was her eighth assist of the season, second on the team behind Hench's eleven.
Messiah outshot the Dutchmen 20-4, with Falcon keeper Autumn Reilly needing only one save to earn her 11th shutout in 2011.
With the win, Messiah improves to 4-0 in Commonwealth, and remain as the only unbeaten team across the eight members.
The Falcons next play on Tuesday, October 18, when they travel to Albright College for a 7:00 game. The team returns home on Saturday, October 22, for their last home, regular-season game of the year. The opponent will be Alvernia University, with the game time set for 5:00 p.m.