Mitchell’s penalty stroke propels No. 7 Field Hockey over No. 4 Messiah

Mitchell’s penalty stroke propels No. 7 Field Hockey over No. 4 Messiah

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 7 Salisbury University field hockey team took down the No. 4 Messiah Falcons, 2-1 at home on Saturday.


Final Score: No. 7 Salisbury 2, No. 4 Messiah 1
Records: Salisbury (4-0) | Messiah (1-2)
Location: Salisbury, Md. – Sea Gull Stadium



  • Messiah came out the gates fast with seven first-quarter shots and kept possession for most of the period, but the Salisbury defense held strong. Sarah Jackson made two defensive saves in the first quarter.
  • Messiah had two penalty stroke chances in the first quarter. Kristen Musser's stroke in the fifth minute went wide while
  • Messiah broke the scoreless tie in 17th minute when Josie Weaver corralled a deflection and passed the ball over to Abby Boyer for a goal.
  • Jackson tallied another defensive save in the 19th minute off a shot by Kristen Musser.
  • Tara Flavin tied the game at one in the 28th minute when she was able to reel in a rebound and flicked a shot past the Messiah keeper.
  • After a scoreless third quarter, Salisbury earned a penalty stroke early in the fourth. McKenzie Mitchell stepped up to the spot and blasted a shot past the Messiah goalie for the eventual game-winner.


  • Messiah outshot Salisbury, 11-10 but all 11 of Messiah's shots came in the first half.
  • Salsibury tallied 12 penalty corners compared to Messiah's seven. Salisbury held an 8-0 advantage in penalty corners in the second half.
  • Tara Flavin and McKenzie Mitchell each scored a goal for Salisbury.
  • Dom Farrace made three saves for her fourth win of the season.
  • Sarah Jackson notched three defensive saves to preserve the win.


  • The win extends Salisbury's season-opening win streak to four.
  • Jackson's three defensive saves in the contest is a new career-high and matches her season total from 2018.
  • Mitchell has scored in back-to-back games for the Sea Gulls.
  • The all-time series between Salisbury and Messiah is now tied 20-20.


  • Salisbury wraps up their three-game homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 11 when they host the Washington Shorewomen.
  • The game is set for 6 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.
  • Live stats and video are available.

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