No. 2 Messiah routs Lycoming
Roundup: Noon’s goal lifts No. 4 Amherst by Trinity (Conn.)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Second-ranked Messiah went on the attack early Tuesday afternoon and recorded five first-half goals en route to a 5-0 victory against Lycoming in Commonwealth Conference action at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.
Shelden Myer opening the scoring in the eighth minute off a header and the Falcons (12-0-1 overall, 3-0 Commonwealth) added two more goals over the next eight minutes to take a 3-0 lead. Danny and Jack Thompson each scored late in the first half to round out the scoring, as the Falcons took 13 shots in the half.
Lycoming (7-6-1 overall, 1-2 Commonwealth) maintained control of the ball early in the second half and got a couple one-on-one chances, but the Falcon defense was able to make plays to end the threats.
Connor Keenan made two saves in net for the Warriors and freshman Nick Bruno made three stops in the second stanza while keeping Messiah from adding onto its lead.
Jake Berry made one save in the first half for the Falcons before yielding to Brandon West and Aaron Hennigan, who split up the second-half goalkeeping duties and preserved the shutout for Messiah.
No. 4 Amherst 1, Trinity (Conn.) 0
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Spencer Noon netted his seventh goal of the season to help fourth-ranked Amherst remain unbeaten with a 1-0 win at NESCAC rival Trinity (Conn.).
With the victory, the Lord Jeffs extended their win streak against the Bantams to 13, with Trinity’s last win coming during the 1999 season. Now 9-0-1 overall, Amherst is off to its best start since the 2007 squad posted an 11-0 mark to begin the season.
Hoping to take control and break the scoreless deadlock, Amherst moved into the attacking third in the 27th minute. Looking toward the goal, Thebe Tsatsimpe played a cross from the far side into the box. Making a run toward the back post, a diving Noon got a head on the pass, redirecting the ball into net to stake the Jeffs to a 1-0 lead at the half.
Hoping to turn in its fifth shutout of the season, the Amherst backline surrendered just one shot down the stretch to the Bantams -- a Wesley Updike try that veered wide left in the 88th minute.
The Lord Jeffs finished with a 7-4 shot advantage, with both teams winning a pair of corners. Senior goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs made one save en route to his eighth win and 28th career clean sheet, while Schonberg made four stops in the loss.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.