Sept. 3, 2010

Courtesy of Hobart

.—The Hobart soccer team stunned defending national champion and top-ranked, Messiah College 2-1 in overtime in a non-conference game played at Messiah's Shoemaker Field. The Statesmen improve their record to 2-0 overall, while the Falcons fall to 0-1.

Hobart trailed the Falcons 1-0 in the second half, but equalized to force OT with just under 14 minutes left in regulation. Junior Tommy Hayes sent home the game-winning goal 6:27 seconds into overtime. Hayes one-timed a pass from senior Kevin McCarthy to give the Statesmen the win.

The Falcons got on the scoreboard late in the first half when first-year Josiah Groff scored his first collegiate goal in the 38th minute to put Messiah up, 1-0.

In the 77th minute, the Statesmen took a corner kick, and through a mess in front of the goal, junior Lukas Petersen scored the goal that sent the game into overtime. It was Petersen’s fist goal as a Statesman. Junior Michael Moulton earned the assist.

Hobart held an 11-4 advantage in shots in the second half, and a 19-10 edge in total. The Statesmen earned seven corner kicks, while the Falcons had five.

Junior Charlie Hale played all 96:27 in goal for Hobart and recorded four saves. Messiah’s senior goalkeeper, Kyle Fulks stopped four shots.

The Statesmen return to action tomorrow, Sept. 4, when they travel to play another non-conference game at Franklin & Marshall.