Nov. 22, 2008

GRANTHAM, Pa. -- Four different players scored for Messiah College as the Falcons defeated the University of Chicago 4-1 at the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship sectional semifinals Saturday afternoon.

Erin Hench and Olivia Scott scored unassisted goals early and late in the opening stanza to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead.

Hench opened the scoring at the 14:51 mark after getting past a defender on a one-on-one and firing a shot past senior netminder Polly Cline (Traverse City, Mich./ Central) for her 19th goal of the season. Scott slipped a shot inside the near post for her eighth goal of the year with just under four minutes remaining in the first half.

Messiah (21-0-2) sealed the win with a pair of goals during a 12-minute stretch midway through the second period.

Amanda Naeher took a feed from Joanna Haqq and curled a shot low into the far corner of the net for her 31st goal of the campaign at the 64:46 mark. Rachel Loya capped the Falcons' attack with her sixth of the year off an assist from Lisa Wingard at 76:37.

Sophomore Claire Denz (Wheaton, Ill./ North) got Chicago (13-6-2) on the board with an unassisted goal at the 78:42 mark.

Messiah outshot the Maroons 13-8, but Chicago held an 8-4 edge in corner kicks.

Brindley Beckwith collected four saves for Messiah. Cline turned aside three shots in 77 minutes before giving way to freshman Emma Gormley (Carmel, Ind./ Carmel), who was credited with one save in the game's final 13 minutes.

The start of the match was delayed by an hour to clear snow off the playing field. Saturday's game featured temperatures in the 20s with moderate to heavy winds.