Mustangs Fall at No. 2 Messiah, Tied For Third in Commonwealth Conference
GRANTHAM, Pa. - Highlighted by two goals from Joshua Wood, who netted his team-leading 14th and 15th of the season, Messiah used five different goal scorers while limiting the Stevenson men's soccer team to just one shot as the No. 2 Falcons posted a 5-0 victory Saturday at Shoemaker Field.
Despite the loss, the Mustangs (7-7-2, 2-2-1 MAC) are still unbeaten in four of their last six, but are still looking for their first road win this season as they fell to 0-7.
One of Wood's goals came on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute as Messiah scored three second-half tallies after Stevenson limited the Falcons to just two goals and seven shots in the first 45 minutes.
Wood scored his seventh game-winner of the year in the 12th minute off a double assist from Jack Thompson and Mike Kovach. Kovach also finished the night with four points, picking up a goal and two assists while Thompson totaled one goal and one assist.
Jeremy Payne had three assists for Messiah, the last of which came in the 70th minute on Ryan Lago's first goal of the season.
Sophomore Kenneth Hersey (Clarksville, Md./Atholton) made his team-leading sixth start of the season in goal, but fell to 1-4-1 after allowing five goals in 73 minutes before giving way to freshman Michael Tringali (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) who made his third appearance, stopping the only shot he faced.
With four games remaining, Stevenson fell into a five-way tie for third place in the Commonwealth Conference with Lycoming, Arcadia, Hood and Alvernia. The Mustangs already have a win over Lycoming, but fell at Arcadia in overtime, 3-2 on October 5. They finish the season with back-to-back road games at Hood and Alvernia. The top five teams advance to the 2013 Commonwealth Conference Men's Soccer Championship.
Stevenson travels to Elizabethtown on Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m., contest with the Blue Jays.