Wulf Roars as Falcons Down Knights
Grantham, PA – The Messiah College women’s soccer team moved to 2-0 in the Commonwealth, defeating Arcadia University 6-0 on Saturday night. Junior Corinne Wulf scored four first-half goals for the Falcons, two of which came on penalty kicks.
Messiah, ranked #1 in the both the most recent NSCAA Top 25 and D3Soccer.com polls, moves to 10-0-1 on season.
In the first half, senior Erin Hench found Wulf on the top of the 18-yard line for a clean shot slotted to the lower left of the goal. The goal, scored in the 15th minute of action, was Wulf’s eighth on the season. It would be the first score on a big night for the junior.
Indeed, it would only be two minutes later that Wulf would score on her first penalty kick attempt after an Arcadia defender took down the Messiah attacker just inside the left corner of the box.
With the score already at 2-0, the Falcons would open the game up with three more scores in the next ten minutes. The first two goals would come off the foot of Wulf, giving her a team-leading 11 goals on the season.
The third goal came off an assist by senior Liz Phillips, a header by Wulf past the Knights’ starting keeper Jackie Law.
Wulf’s fourth goal, another penalty kick, came off a foul six yards in front of the goal. The close was heavily argued by the Knights’ bench; nevertheless, Messiah found themselves with a 4-0 lead.
With Wulf having put the Falcons in control of the game, and with Messiah dominating possession, junior Alex Brandt would score the fifth goal of the contest—perhaps even the most impressive.
Brandt received possession 25 yards out, left of the center field, where she would cut the ball from right to left past a Knight defender. After touching the ball forward to just inside the 18-yard line, Brandt’s strike off her left foot would curl to the far post just over the extended arms of Law.
The score would remain unchanged until the final minute of the first half, when junior Rachel Scheibeler would receive a cross through the box from senior Lisa Wingard. Scheibeler’s uncontested strike would give the Falcons their final tally.
In the game, Messiah would outshoot the Knights 21-1. Messiah keeper, senior Autumn Rielly, would be uncontested in the Falcons’ goal.
Messiah improves to 10-0-1 on the season. The win was also the programs 99th home-game win since 2003 (59th straight). The team has gone 99-5-3 over that time.
The Falcons next play on Wednesday, October 12, when they travel to Lycoming College for a 4:00 game. The team returns home on Saturday, October 15, for Messiah’s Homecoming Weekend game vs. Lebanon Valley College.. The LVC game is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.