ST. DAVIDS, Pa.– Eastern improved to 7-4, knocking off the No. 7 Messiah Falcons 1-0 on Wednesday.
Eastern senior Brittany Moyer knocked in the game’s lone goal, redirecting a ball whipped by Kelby Bolton in the second minute. Bolton brought the ball in from the left sideline and slapped the ball from outside the circle. Moyer had set up outside the left post and pushed the ball to the far right corner of the goal. Moyer’s fifth goal of the season and Bolton’s seventh assist make the two seniors tied for the team lead in points scored.
The Eagles’ head coach Camrin Azzarano noted that the Eagles made the best out of a situation that wasn’t planned. Azzarano said that the original intended play call never made it from the sideline to the field, but that Bolton and Moyer successfully ad libbed to score the game’s only goal.
The Eagles battled the remaining 70-plus minutes to hang onto the 1-0 lead. “It was a very physical game,” Azzarano said. “We believed we could play just as strong as them.”
Azzarano praised the play of freshman defender Megan Bolton for staying composed, making big tackles and taking a leadership role in the back.
The Falcons tested Eastern’s defense for the majority of the second half and even put five shots on goal during the final 25 minutes of play. Eastern goalie Kylie Jones responded with what Azzarano called cat-like reflexes. “Kylie’s very active as a goalie,” she said. “She maintained composure and made instinctive reactions.”
Jones recorded five saves in the shutout, earning her first collegiate win.