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Roundup: Top-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) beats Loras

No. 1 Wheaton (Ill.) 4, No. 14 Loras 1

WHEATON, Ill. -- Wheaton (Ill.) earned a 4-1 win at home on Tuesday afternoon against Loras in a battle of nationally-ranked foes. Wheaton is ranked No. 1 in this week's coaches' poll and Loras is ranked 14th in the same poll. Wheaton is now 8-0-0 on the year, while Loras falls to 7-2-1.

Sophomore midfielder Annie Wooldridge netted Wheaton's first goal when she picked up a deflected shot and booted it into the upper post in the 13th minute thanks to a Sarah Frey and Alexa Sharkey assist. Less than four minutes later, Wheaton's Sydney Sharkey increased the lead to 2-0. Her goal in the 17th minute came as she beat the Duhawks' defense and blasted in a long line drive shot into the net. Frey, a Thunder freshman, scored in the 21st minute to increase Wheaton's lead to 3-0. Frey headed the ball into the lower corner of the net off of a well-placed assist from Samantha Frank. Wheaton out-shot the Duhawks 7-3 in the first half as the Thunder held a 3-0 at halftime.

Loras picked up the pace in the second half, outshooting the Thunder 8-6. The Duhawks reached the scoreboard in the 51st minute when Madeline Tennant scored on a long shot that cut Wheaton's lead to 3-1. Wheaton's Bailey Wysocki scored in the 69th minute to increase the hosts' lead to 4-1. Wysocki collected a deflected shot attempt by senior Leah DeMoss to register the final score of the night.

Tonight's win was Wheaton's second consecutive victory against a nationally-ranked opponent, following a 1-0 win at third-ranked Washington (Mo.) last Saturday.

No. 10 Messiah 2, Dickinson 0

CARLISLE, Pa. -- Holly Burgard collected assists on each of the Falcons' goals on Tuesday, leading Messiah to a 2-0 shutout of Dickinson on the Red Devils' home field. Nikki Elsaesser scored her team-leading ninth goal of the year in the first half while Erin Sollenberger netted her first career goal shortly after halftime.

Messiah came out from the start with aggressive play through the midfield, creating five shots in the first 15 minutes of action. Their precision passing put them up 1-0 in the 25th minute when Burgard crossed possession to the front of the goal from the right side. The ball went through the Red Devils' defense where Nikki Elsaesser ran onto a one-timer from inside the 18-yard line.

Moments later, Kyele Bridel came close to doubling the lead after crossing to the midfield from the left side for a shot from 23 yards out. Her shot was headed for the far side of the net before keeper Charlotte Armour made a diving save over her left shoulder.

Despite outshooting the hosts 11-0 in the first frame, Messiah settled for the 1-0 lead through the half. Messiah's second goal finally came in the 55th minute when Sollenberger tallied for the first time in her career. Like Elsaesser before her, she benefited from the feed of Burgard as Messiah's midfield and wingers kept the pressure on Dickinson's defenders.

The Falcons continued to dominate territory and possession until the end of the game and held Dickinson without a shot on the evening (23-0). Messiah also attempted all 12 of the game's corner kicks, with Armour picking up seven saves in goal.

The win marks the fourth consecutive season the Falcons have defeated the Red Devils, with Messiah outscoring Dickinson 13-0 in those contests.

Dickinson falls to 4-5-2 with the loss while Messiah improves to 6-2-1.