Four Different Falcons Tally in Win at Grove City
Grove City, PA - Messiah scored a season-high four goals in a shutout victory at Grove City on Saturday, with four different players tallying in the effort. The Falcons' defense also kept an opponent without a single shot for the second-straight game—and third time this season—as they moved to 7-2-1.
Messiah came out firing early and didn't have to wait too long before Corinne Wulf notched her first goal of the season in the 14th minute. The score, the 51st of Wulf's career, was her first since Nov. 12, 2011 due to her missing all of 2012 with an injury.
Playing with an early lead, Messiah kept the pressure on and forced Wolverine keeper Kristi Lathrop to make five saves before even 30 minutes had run off the clock. However, despite her best efforts, Lathrop couldn't keep the Falcons from adding a second goal in the 32nd minute off the foot of Mackenzie Clapper. Like Wulf, it was Clapper's first goal of the season.
The Falcons' two first-half goals were the result of 15 total shots, eight of which came on frame.
In the second-half Messiah took another 10 shots, with another two of them going for goals. Emily Schneider took a pass from Missy Biener and sent it home in the 77th minute for a 3-0 lead, and Nikki Elsaesser followed 10 minutes later off a helper from Holly Burgard to complete the scoring. The goal for Elsaesser was her team-leading ninth of the season while Burgard's assist was her third in two games.
Lathrop finished the game with six first-half saves while Tiffany Yost added three more for Grove City after the intermission. The Wolverines' offense did not test Audra Larson and did not manage a single shot. Messiah's defense has now kept their opponents without a shot for the past 228:21 of game time dating back into their draw with Misericorida University.
With the loss Grove City falls to 3-5-1 while Messiah, as mentioned, moves to 7-2-1.
The Falcons will next play on Saturday, Oct. 5 when they host Lebanon Valley College in the first Commonwealth Conference match-up of the season. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. on Shoemaker Field.