Recap: Ehrich & Co. Overwhelm Lackawanna, 8-1

Recap: Ehrich & Co. Overwhelm Lackawanna, 8-1

SCRANTON, Pa. - Jordyn Ehrich natural hat trick highlighted a second-half offensive as the women's soccer team posted a decisive 8-1 over Lackawanna College under ominous and stormy skies on Friday afternoon.

Lackawanna was able to keep the game close in the first half as the Mustangs searched for the right combinations. Montgomery finally broke through with scoring leader Julie Primavera taking a pass from Meghan Thompson and ripping a shot from 20 yards out to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Twenty-six seconds into the second half, the Mustangs began to take control of the match. Marisa Christensen took a perfect feed from Primavera and slotted the ball in the side panel for a 2-0 lead. A short time later, Katie McGoldrick found Ehrich at the top of Lackawanna's box. Ehrich, who is deadly from 30 yards and in, hit a bean over the helpless gloves of the Falcons' goalkeeper.

Ehrich followed with two more tallies -- on assists from Alison Henning and Christensen -- to complete the natural hat trick and give Montgomery a comfortable 5-0 lead.

The scoring continued with center-back Erica Christensen stepping up and one-timing an Ehrich pass over the out-stretched fingertips of the Lackawanna goalkeeper for her first goal of the season. Erica Christensen has spent the season defending valiantly along with her outside fullbacks Henning and Lindsay Babst, so the celebration was well deserved.

Later, Devon Beck banged a corner kick into the danger zone and the ball was accidentally headed in by a Lackawanna player.

Beck, who has also played many minutes in the back recently, moved up to a midfield role and has made the Mustangs' attack more consistent and dynamic alongside McGoldrick, whose one assist Friday fails to tell the story of how important and controlling she is for Montgomery.

McGoldrick offensively is often the starter of the first right pass and defensively the stopper of the opponent's attack. Coupled with Beck on one side and savvy midfielder Blanca Anoushian on the other, the team's midfield is loaded with skill and experience. Anoushian, who battled injury earlier in the season, provides another playmaker who can create the game with her technical ability.

Ehrich, who played high school soccer at Lower Merion High School, is no stranger to scoring big goals and with her three against Lackawanna increased her season total to 7, tying Marisa Christensen for second behind Primavera, who leads the team with 9 goals.

First-year player Rachel DiBenedetto played in goal for the Mustangs for the first time and showed courage and natural aptitude. DiBenedetto is coming off an ankle injury and is committed to the team's success in any way.

"Any way I can help my team," DiBenedetto said following the game.

Next up for the Mustangs is a 3:30 pm match at Camden County College on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

- By Bob Kent & Ben Winderman