December 1, 2012

Fifth title for the Falcon women

Messiah senior Rachel Scheibeler scored the game winner for the Falcons
Photo by Eric Kelley,

In a championship match that featured a powerful Messiah offense versus strong Emory defense, the Falcons scored in the first half and then held on to edge the Eagles 1-0 for their fifth national title.

Messiah-Emory box score

For Emory, their first ever trip to the Final Four ended with a loss, yet ended well as the Eagles gave the Falcons one of their toughest matches in two seasons, and established a new standard for Emory soccer. 

Falcon senior Rachel Scheibeler scored the winning goal in the 20th minute of play, and at the end of the match, was named the Tournament Offensive MVP.

Scheibeler's goal came off an assist from senior Alex Brandt, who played a key role in the Falcon's win. As a midfielder, Brandt used her impressive ball control, quickness, and awareness of the field of play to disrupt the Emory attack, and create opportunities for her offense.

Senior Katy Kruze had three shots for the Eagles
Photo by Eric Kelley,

Emory outshot Messiah 13-12 while Messiah held a 4-3 advantage in shots-on-goal. The match was every bit as close as the stats indicate, yet the Messiah attack frequently held control of the midfield. When Emory did attack, they were held short of the endline and the penalty box, and as a result had only one corner kick. Nonetheless, senior Lee Bachouros challenged freshman keeper Audra Larson with three shots, while senior Katy Kruse did the same, adding one shot directly on frame.

For Messiah, the shots came for the most part from Scheibeler with three shots and two on goal, and Brandt with three shots and one on goal. Larson had three saves in the match, while Eagle seniors Erica Stein (1s, 1g) and Kaele Leonard (2s) combined for three saves.

The women's All-Tournament team was announced after the match. For Messiah, senior Rachel Scheibeler, senior Alex Brandt, junior Alicia Frey, senior Elizabeth Phillips, and freshman Nikki Elsaesser made the team, while named for Emory were junior Lauren Drosick, sophomore Kaelyn Lucas, and senior Lauren Gorodetsky.

Messiah's Alex Brandt and Alicia Frey contain at midfield - both were named to the All-tourney team
Photo by Eric Kelley,

The Offensive MVP was awarded to Messiah's Scheibeler, and Defensive MVP was awarded to Emory's Gorodetsky.

Emory ends their best season to date at 15-2-7, and Messiah wraps up their championship season at 24-1-1, their sole loss coming at the hands of Emory earlier in the season.

No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.