Top 10 Roundup
Wheaton (Ill.) ties again, Messiah defeats Alvernia
No. 1 Wheaton (Ill.) 2, No. 18 Calvin 2, 2OT
WHEATON, Ill. -- Wheaton (Ill.) played Calvin to a 2-2 draw in two overtimes on Tuesday night at Joe Bean Stadium in a matchup of nationally-ranked teams. Wheaton is ranked No. 1 in this week's NSCAA coaches' poll and Calvin (11-1-2) is ranked 18th in the same poll. Wheaton is now 12-0-2 on the year.
Thunder junior Anna Seabolt broke free for a goal in the 32nd minute to give Wheaton a 1-0 lead. The Seabolt goal was executed as the result of a double-assist from Leah DeMoss and Bailey Wysocki. In the 61st minute a Val Lelle corner kick at the southeast corner of Bean Stadium found Kristin Rauh in front of the net and Rauh muscled the ball into the net to give the Thunder a 2-0 lead.
Calvin kept an aggressive push on the Thunder defense and it paid off in the 67th minute when the Knights' Heidi Scholten got a shot past Wheaton goalkeeper Mary Daghfal to cut the Thunder lead to 2-1. Scholten's goal was assisted by Kailey Jo. Calvin's Sydney Kinney blasted a shot at the net from about 10 yards out that hit the crossbar and bounced in the goal to tie the match at 2-2 in the 73rd minute. In the 84th minute Calvin pushed the ball through the Wheaton defense and a shot by the Knights appeared to go into the goal, but the Knights were called offsides to keep the score tied at 2-2. Wheaton had a strong scoring opportunity in the first overtime and one more in the second overtime, but the Knights kept the Thunder off the scoreboard to secure the draw.
Wheaton outshot the Knights 21-12 in the match and the Thunder had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Daghfal made two saves and allowed two goals in 110 minutes of action. Calvin netminder Ashton Hearn made 12 saves allowed two goals.
No. 9 Messiah 4, Alvernia 0
GRANTHAM, Pa. -- Corinne Wulf scored a pair of goals and Messiah held an opponent without a shot for the fourth time this season in the Falcons' 4-0 shutout of Alvernia. The win moves Messiah to 10-2-1 on the season while the Crusaders fall to 8-6-1.
Wulf put through the game winner in 12th minute by following up a saved shot by Nikki Elsaesser. The senior's quick touch came near the goal line as Colleen Maher tried to corral the loose ball. It was Wulf's third goal of the season came on the Falcons' fifth shot attempt as they were on their way to a 19-0 advantage in shots in the first half.
Maher collected seven saves through the first 45 minutes to keep the game close, though it seemed to be just a matter of time before the Falcons would add more scores. Elsaesser did the honors in the 54th minute after the Crusaders' defense was unable to clear a ball played into the box. Macaulay Soto started the action for Messiah with a through ball to Wulf, but Wulf was unable to keep possession on her run over the 18-yard line. Alvernia's Kristen Eckert and Kelsey Gill took the ball away but then collided with each other, leaving Elsaesser with a clear strike off the hands of Maher and into the net. The tally for Elsaesser was her team-leading 13th of the season.
While still keeping the Crusaders without a shot, the Falcons broke the game open in the 68th minute off the foot of Wulf. Kyele Bridel sent a long volley from the right side to the front of net where Maher punched it to the top of the 18. The ball was quickly sent back into the box where Katie Hummel stumbled on the six-yard line in her attempt to clear it out. Wulf played the ball to the ground and touched left before sending left-footed shot perfectly across the net to inside the right post.
Bridel completed the scoring in the 80th minute with a penalty kick after she was tripped on her approach inside the right edge of the box.
The Falcons completed their eighth consecutive shutout while not allowing a single shot (36-0) and have now scored 15 goals in their past five games. During that five-game stretch they've also outshot their opponents 137-5.