#1 Messiah Welcomed Home, Rolls Over York 9-0
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Grantham, PA – Grantham, PA – Dorothy was right, there truly is no place like home. The #1-ranked Falcons proved as much on Wednesday night, scoring nine goals to defeat York College 9-0 on Shoemaker Field. It was the team’s first home game in 18 days.
Eight different players collected a score for Messiah, with six different players handing out an assist. Senior Erin Hench, the team’s leader in points, assists, and shots coming into the game, scored two goals and added an assist in the win. Senior Lisa Wingard totaled four points on a goal and two assists.
Early on, one wouldn’t have guessed the score would have ended so one-sided. Messiah was unable to capitalize on a number of chances, with York keeper Sarah Spanarkel making a few impressive saves.
The Falcons, though, kept the pressure on and would break through in the 23rd minute. Junior Alex Brandt would maneuver her way through the Spartan defense for a short pass to junior Corinne Wulf on the right side. Wulf found herself one-on-one with Spanarkel, striking the ball to the right side of the net for the game’s first goal. From there, Messiah controlled the momentum.
Seventeen shots in the first half for the Falcons resulted in three goals, with junior Rachel Scheibeler and freshman Lauren Federline both scoring off assists from Wingard.
“I don’t think we started the game off the way we needed to,” said Messiah head coach Scott Frey. “They put pressure on us, and I don’t think we were ready to play. They won the physical battle early, and then we settled down and began to move the ball to create good chances.”
In the second half, the chances continued as Hench (2), senior Olivia Scott, Brandt, Wingard, and freshman Mackenzie Clapper would put the game well out of reach of the visiting Spartans.
In all, the Falcons would take 28 shots.
“I thought we adjusted well to their offside trapping,” said Frey. “We adjusted to how they were playing, and we made them pay a little bit.”
It’s hard to overlook in a game like this how well-balanced the Falcons seem to be—exactly what Frey is excited to see from his team at this point in the season.
“I thought our young players did another great job of coming in and executing, that’s what I’m excited about. They’re continuing to develop and grow along with our older group, and it helps us feel like we’re a pretty good team.”
#1 Messiah will look to keep their three-game winning streak going when they visit Misericordia University on Friday, September 23. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.