Messiah Takes Battle with E-Town, Earns 3-0 Victory
Grantham, PA – Messiah College women's soccer won their 79th consecutive regular-season conference game on Saturday, defeating Elizabethtown College 3-0 on Shoemaker Field. The win moved Messiah to 10-1-1 on the season, including 3-0 in the Commonwealth Conference.
Messiah was on their way to victory after junior Alicia Frey put the Falcons on top by way of a penalty kick in the 23rd minute. The opportunity for Messiah came after a Blue Jays' handball in the box, with Frey's fifth goal of the season proving to be the game-winner.
The score came less than 10 minutes after Ali Rogers almost put Messiah on board with a shot from five yards off the right corner of the 18-yard line. Her strike to the far side of the goal went off the post, bounding back into the box where it was picked up by E-town keeper Jess Manchak.
Rogers' shot was actually the second Messiah shot to hit the rail, as Emily Schneider had a touch— off a cross— ricochet off the same post in the fifth minute of the game.
Though the Falcons would dominate play in the first half, there would be few moments of excitement through the first 45 minutes. In total, Messiah attempted nine shots to E-town's zero, while also collecting seven corners to just one for the visitors.
In the second half, it would be much of the same dominance for the Falcons—only with twice the scoring. It would be less than three minutes into the frame before they would increase their lead to 2-0, this time off the foot of senior Rachel Scheibeler. Her goal came on a strong, clear strike from 15 yards out came off an assist from freshman Nikki Elsaesser. The helper came after Elsaesser received a slotted ball on the left side by senior Alex Brandt.
The goal for Scheibeler was number four on the year, with Elsaesser collecting her third assist.
Brandt, the Falcons' leader in assists with five, would complete the scoring in the 70th minute with an unassisted score. Taking possession 25 yards out in the midfield, Brandt dribbled through three Blue Jays defenders before scoring from just eight yards in front of the goal. Her shot was perfectly executed, strongly placed to the top-right corner of the goal as Manchak charged off her line.
For the Falcons, it was their seventh-straight victory over the Blue Jays—a span over which they've outscored E-town 26-3. The Blue Jays' last goal scored against Messiah came in 2008.
The loss drops the Blue Jays to 6-3-3, and 2-1 in the Commonwealth.
The Falcons will look to push their current unbeaten streak to 11 games on Wednesday, Oct. 10 when they play host to Hood College at 7:00 p.m.