No. 9 Lynchburg stuns No. 1 Messiah
Kreider scores game-winning goal to lift Hornets to victory
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- For the second consecutive season underdog Lynchburg upset top-ranked Messiah, this time outlasting the Falcons 2-1 on Tuesday evening.
In 2010 Lynchburg, ranked No. 18 in the nation, scored in overtime to hand Messiah a 2-1 defeat. Tonight, the Hornets came into the contest as the nation's ninth-ranked squad and fought the Falcons to a scoreless draw at intermission. The Hornets held an 8-5 edge in shots in the first half, while Messiah was awarded four penalty corners to Lynchburg's two.
The Hornets scored quickly after the break, with junior attack Lindsay Leonard finishing a feed from freshman Katie Kline. Messiah quickly answered with a score by Kourtney Ehly at 25:56 and the game remained tied at one when Lynchburg couldn't convert on a penalty stroke midway through the second half. Lynchburg freshman Danielle Kreider scored the biggest goal of her young career with just under 10 minutes to play, deflecting in a Leonard shot off a penalty corner. Messiah threatened to tie the score late, earning three penalty corners in the final three minutes. But the Hornet defense turned back the Falcon attack -- aided by a defensive save from sophomore Melanie Tenney.
"Everybody played well and everything clicked for us," Lynchburg head coach Enza Steele said. "Our team speed was a big factor tonight and we cruised around the field. [Junior midfielder] Shelly Milks played unbelievably well, dogging numerous defenders and often getting fouled deep in the zone to earn penalty corners. A great win for our program."
Kayleigh Stewart made nine saves for Messiah, while Lynchburg keeper Tiffany Frye stopped three shots. Each team was awarded eight penalty corners, and the Hornets outshot the Falcons 17-10.