Harper's 17 Saves Not Enough To Slow Down #1 Messiah

OWINGS MILLS, Md. –Sophomore Tanner Ridgely tied herself for the team lead in goals, picking up her seventh of the campaign, and junior Maia Harper was strong between the pipes making a career-high 17 saves.  However, it would not be enough as Carissa Gehman scored all five goals for the top-ranked Falcons of Messiah College as they defeated Stevenson on Saturday night by a final of, 5-1 at Mustang Stadium. 

Messiah (11-0, 3-0 MAC Commonwealth) improves their overall record to, 7-0 against Stevenson (5-6, 1-2 MAC Commonwealth).

The first quality chance of the game came in the third-minute when Gehman broke down the left side and forced a save out of Harper.  Messiah looked to have the early lead two minutes later when Taylor Holt got a shot past Harper, but had it cleared off the line by junior Ashley Meyer

In the 19th minute, the away side finally broke through when Kaylor Rosenberry, sent a pass to Gehman who roofed a backhand blast over Harper to make it, 1-0.

Messiah made it, 2-0 five minutes later as Kristin Donohue worked her way down the right side of the pitch, and slid the ball to Gehman who slipped the ball past Harper.

With two minutes to go until the break, the Mustangs went a player up after a green card was issued to Hannah Palm.  Unfortunately, for the home team, they were not able to take advantage and the half came to a close.

Starting the second half, the hosts looked to strike early when a penalty corner fed in by freshman Brigid Saroch landed on the stick of junior Marissa Hoffman, but her pass intended for junior Sara McVey bounced off her stick which halted the attack opportunity.

The Falcons took a 3-0 lead, in the 43rd, after some good effort by Donohue to gain the attacking third, she found Gehman cutting to the front of the net, and she tapped the ball into the cage to complete the hat trick.

With 17-minutes to play, after Harper cleared the zone by punting the ball across the midline.  Ridgely picked it up and stormed toward the Falcons net but the ball rolled off her stick before she was able to test keeper Shelby Landes.

The shutout bid for Landes came to an end with, 53:39 gone in the contest when Ridgely deflected a Hoffman shot into the cage, that came from a penalty corner taken by freshman Noel Martin.  For Ridgely, it was goal number seven and extended Hoffman's point-streak to two games.

Just three minutes later, Holt once again set up Gehman in the center of the arc and her offering beat Harper to bump visitor's lead up to, 4-1.  Gehman also added one more in the 63rd minute on a strong solo effort.

In the final seven minutes, neither side would be able to mount another quality scoring chance and the game came to a close.

The Falcons held a significant edge in shots, 30-1, and penalty corners, 16-4

Stevenson will remain at home for non-conference action on Tuesday, October 10 when they host the Hornets of Lynchburg College at 7:00 p.m.