Falcons Tally Three in Shutout of Eagles
St. Davids, PA – Messiah College pushed their win-streak to three games on Tuesday with a 3-0 win at Eastern University. Three different Falcons scored in the win, including Alicia Frey registering her first goal of the season for the game-winner.
The win moves the Falcons to 7-0 against Eastern under coach Scott Frey, though the Eagles had played to within two goals of Messiah in five of the last six match-ups heading into Tuesday. In 2011, Eastern even held a 1-0 lead over the visiting Falcons until Corinne Wulf and Alicia Frey tallied to give Messiah a 2-1 win.
On this day, Frey again notched the game-winner, this time in the 28th minute with a shot from 22 yards out that deflected off a defender. The deflection caught keeper Elayna Simpson by surprise, as she was unable to regain her footing in time to stop the ball from rolling slowly into the goal.
Eastern almost tied the game a few minutes later when the Falcons' defense misplayed a ball on the right side of the box. With the Eagles pressing forward, the ball became loose near the 18-yard line where Christine Colman put a hard strike to the top-right corner of the goal. Messiah keeper Audra Larson was unable to do anything but turn, look, and—fortunately for the visitors— see the ball bound off the crossbar and back into play where it was cleared away.
The Eagles would be sure to lament the missed opportunity, as Messiah dominated territory the rest of the way and added goals in the 55th and 61st minutes, respectively. Macaulay Soto assisted on the Falcons' second tally, as she threaded possession from the top of the 18 to Nikki Elsaesser on her run to right side of the box. The Falcons' leading scorer ran onto the ball and found herself with just Simpson to beat, shooting past the keeper for her seventh goal of the season.
Soto tallied the third goal herself with a well-placed shot from inside the right edge of the box after an attack through the Eagles' defense.
The Falcons came close to adding goals as they methodically attacked the Eagles' defense throughout the final minutes of the game, but finished with the three goals in the shutout. They outshot Eastern 15-2 and attempted five corners to the Eagles' zero.
The loss dropped Eastern to 1-4-1.
The Falcons (5-2) will next play on Saturday, Sept. 21 when they travel to Misericordia University for a rematch of last year's 3-0 victory over the Cougars in the Final Four.