No. 4 Messiah 6, Hood 1
GRANTHAM, Pa. -- The Falcons scored four goals in the first 15 minutes of action on Tuesday in a dominant 6-1 win against Hood College. Joshua Wood and Jeremy Payne each scored twice for the Falcons, with both of Wood's goals coming in the first 11:30 of play.
With the win Messiah moves to 11-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Commonwealth Conference. Hood falls to 4-6 and 1-1 in the conference.
After seeing their first three shots get saved by keeper Ryan Deuber, Wood took away a loose ball in the ninth minute and dribbled into the box to set up his team-leading ninth goal of the season. Less than three minutes later Jeremy Payne added his sixth goal of the year after going one-on-one with his defender to put Messiah on top 2-0.
Already outshooting the Blazers 5-1 to that point, Messiah added two more goals in the next four minutes to build a commanding lead. Wood put a header on a long cross by Drew Frey for his second goal of the game to make it 3-0, and Mike Kovach sent home a penalty kick at the 14:13 mark to put the Falcons up 4-0.
In the 31st minute of play Danny Brandt notched his fourth goal of the year with a strike from just inside the 18-yard line, giving the Falcons a 5-0 lead they would carry into the second half.
Hood's Joey Fontanez ended the shutout in the 73rd minute with a shot to the far side of the goal that hit off the post and bounded into the goal. Just 23 seconds later Payne earned back the score for Messiah with his second tally of the afternoon to make it 6-1.
Messiah outshot Hood 23-8 on the day while Deuber and Ian McDonald combined to make 10 saves. Brandon West made a single save in the first-half before Aaron Hennigan and Jonathan Weaver split the last 45 minutes in net.
No. T8 York (Pa.) 1, Wesley 0
DOVER, Del. -- Sophomore forward Brendan Saberton provided York (Pa.) with they only goal it would need as the Spartans downed Wesley 1-0 in Capital Athletic Conference play on Tuesday night.
The Spartans improved to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference while Wesley falls to 4-7-2 overall and 1-3 in the league. York has won seven in a row while the shutout is York's eighth of the year. The Spartans are ranked second in the D3soccer.com poll and eighth in the NSCAA national poll.
The Spartans controlled the game from the start. However, they couldn't find the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes of play as the teams went to the break locked in a scoreless tie.
Saberton broke the tie for the Spartans in the 48th minute as he notched the unassisted goal for York. The tally is his fourth of the year, which ties him for the team lead with Jake Hower. The goal is also his third game-winning goal which also ties him with Hower for the team lead.
Junior goalie Brad Schmidt and the Spartan defense would make Saberton's goal stand up. The defense was strong in front of Schmidt again as York limited Wesley to just eight total shots in the game including just three shots on goal.
Schmidt finished with his fifth shutout of the year as he recorded three saves. Wesley goalie Mark Mattern recorded eight saves for the Wolverines as he allowed the game's lone goal.
York finished the match with a 19-8 bulge in total shots including a 9-3 margin in shots on goal. The Green and White also had an 8-7 advantage in corner kicks.
The win is York's seventh one goal victory of the year, with five of those coming via a 1-0 score.
No. T8 Wheaton (Ill.) 6, Aurora 0
AURORA, Ill. -- Wheaton (Ill.) earned its fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday afternoon with a 6-0 non-conference win at Aurora (7-5-1). Wheaton, ranked eighth in this week's NSCAA Division III top 25, is now 9-3 overall.
Wheaton outshot Aurora 9-5 in the first half, converting two of those shots into goals for a 2-0 Thunder lead at halftime. Sophomore Stephen Golz put Wheaton on the scoreboard in the 22nd minute when he netted his team-high eighth goal of the year off of a Noah Anthony assist. Stephen's brother Jordan Golz scored about one-and-a-half minutes later to increase Wheaton's lead to 2-0. The Jordan Golz goal was his third of the year and was assisted by Anthony Elliot Borge.
The Thunder dominated play in the second half, out-shooting the Spartans 16-5. Jon Clark scored in the 60th minute thanks to an assist by his brother Josh Clark to increase Wheaton's lead to 3-0. Brendan Finnerty scored a goal in the 85th minute and added another in the 87th minute to increase Wheaton's advantage to 5-0. Trevor Adams scored the six goal of the match in the closing seconds to account for Wheaton's 6-0 victory.
Wheaton outshot the hosts 25-10 and the Thunder owned a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. Thunder goalkeeper Matt Paprocki made four saves in recording the shutout. Aurora netminder Zach Richter allowed three goals, with no saves in 75 minutes or action in the net. Chris Donner played 15 minutes in the Spartans' net, with no saves and three goals.