Transylvania upsets No. 3 ONU
Roundup: DeSales was unable to hold off No. 2 Messiah
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Transylvania used a suffocating defense and timely offense to shut out No. 3 Ohio Northern 3-0 Saturday at Thomas Field.
Transylvania scored first in the 12th minute when Kyle Smith took a cross from Christian King and found the lower left corner. The score remained 1-0 until Peter Mikhail coverted a rebound at the 62:07 mark. Ethan Collins got a goal with just 30 seconds left when he broke free and beat the ONU keeper from five yards out.
Ohio Northern outshot the Pioneers 11-9 and Transylvania goalkeeper Alex Schmitt had six saves to earn the shut out.
No. 2 Messiah 3, DeSales 1
Grantham, Pa. -- DeSales scored first but was unable to hold off Messiah College as the Falcons scored three unanswered goals to earn a 3-1 win against the Bulldogs in front of a packed house at Messiah on Saturday night.
Messiah (5-0-1), winners of eight of the last 11 NCAA Division III National Championships, found itself down 1-0 early when senior Derek Long flicked a shot past the Falcon keeper off a long throw-in from junior Tyler Nolan at the 6:14 mark.
The lead however lasted just 6:09 as Aaron Myers got the game-tying goal at the 12:23 mark on a through ball that got by a charging Bulldog keeper and Myers was there to knock it home. The game remained deadlocked throughout the rest of the half as Messiah out-shot DeSales 18-4 in the opening 45 minutes of play.
In the second half, Messiah came out firing, hitting the post and just missing on several chances early in the half before finally breaking through with an unassisted goal off the boot of Mike Kovach in the 73rd minute. Jack Thompson added the insurance marker just 5:21 later as the Bulldogs ran out of gas.