OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The youth of the Stevenson field hockey team was on display once again on Saturday night at Mustang Stadium. Sophomore Tanner Ridgely and freshmen Brigid Saroch and Noel Martin combined for ten shots, two goals, and an assist, but it would not be enough as the Mustangs fell to Washington College (Md.) by a final of 3-2.
Stevenson (2-1) got off to a slow start in tonight's contest against the visiting Shorewomen (2-2), as only a minute into the game the guest had two prime scoring chances. The first one came right off the opening hit as Natalie Theriault hit teammate Clare Ingersoll with a pass in the circle, but the ball rolled off her stick and out of play. On the ensuing restart, a quick turnover by the home team landed on the stick of Kailyn Brandt whose first shot was stopped by sophomore goalie Kelsey Eure, who then turned away the rebound chance as well.
The visitors continued the early pressure as in the third minute a shot from Grace Steele went wide of Eure. Another chance for the away team came from Brandt, as she shot one off the outside of the cage.
Ridgely got the best opportunity for the home side in the early going when a pass from junior Sara McVey found her in the attacking area all alone with Shorewomen goalie Morgan Domanico. Who came out of the crease and made a sliding kick save to keep it scoreless.
It was Stevenson who would strike first when a play started out as the McVey to Ridgely connection setup Martin on the left side of the goal, and she slid the ball past Domanico to put the Mustangs up, 1-0 in the 12th minute. For Martin, it was her third marker of the season.
Immediately following the goal, McVey was issued a green card at, 12:09 which put the hosts down a player for two minutes. During that time, the guests pulled even when Brandt got inside the attacking area and slipped one behind Eure to even the score at, 1-1 in the 13th minute.
An outstanding effort by junior Alexis Young to keep the ball in play earned Stevenson a penalty corner, that was taken by junior Marissa Hoffman. Her pass to McVey resulted in a shot that had to be turned aside by Domanico.
The Mustangs thought they had the lead right on the stroke of half-time when a corner taken once again by Hoffman with ten seconds to play found the stick of McVey who buried the ball into the net, but the goal was waived off with the clock at all zeros due to a home foul.
The half would end with the game tied at one. Stevenson who trailed early in shots, 8-3, came all the way back to take an 11-9 edge into the locker room.
Washington came out of the break looking to go back in front as they came out strong, earning a penalty corner, 2:15 into the second half. Things got better for the guest as the corner that was taken by Emily Pantazes resulted in a Shorewomen penalty stroke being awarded in the 38th minute. Sophie Grabiec stepped up and sent the shot into the left side of the net giving the visitors a, 2-1 lead.
In the 41st minute, the hosts got a great chance as a corner from Hoffman landed on the stick of Noel Martin who fired a shot towards goal that was knocked away by Domanico. The rebound fell to senior Kali Martin whose follow up attempt went just wide. The score remained, 2-1 guests.
For the next twenty minutes, neither side had a quality scoring chance.
The 61st minute, saw the Mustangs get even as Ridgely once again served as the catalyst for the attack when she slipped into the attacking arch and blasted a shot on frame that got past Domanico, but was cleared off the goal line by the Washington defense. This led to the second penalty stroke of the game and the first of the season for Stevenson. Freshman Brigid Saroch walked up to the seven-yard dot and ripped the ball behind Domanico to level the score at, 2-2 with 9:34 left in regulation.
Only two minutes later the Shorewomen went back on top as Olivia Auer sent a weak offering towards the net. The ball rolled into a crowd of players inside the attacking area and was eventually deflected by Pantazes past Eure sending the away side back in front, 3-2 with 63-minutes gone.
The Mustangs pushed for the final seven minutes and even pulled the goalie with 5:15 to go. They would have two quality chances in the last minute as a shot from Noel Martin went high and a corner at the end of regulation could not find a home stick.
Stevenson held a, 20-16 edge in shots and earned 15 penalty corners to the Shorewomen's seven.
Washington got back on the winning side of the rivalry after the Mustangs won last season in Chestertown, 2-1.
Stevenson's next game will be home on Thursday, September 14th when they entertain Goucher College at 7:00 p.m.