Mustangs Strike First, But Fall To Bullets 4-1

Mustangs Strike First, But Fall To Bullets 4-1

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Coming off of a tough conference-opening loss at Albright on Saturday evening 2-1 in overtime. The Stevenson field hockey team was back on the road on Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference matchup with Gettysburg College. The Mustangs (4-4) jumped in front early on the fourth of the season from sophomore Tanner Ridgely, but the host Bullets (4-4) struck back with three late in the opening half and adding a solo in the second frame to take a 4-1 victory away from Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

With the loss, Stevenson now trails the series with Gettysburg three games to two. The last victory for the Mustangs came in 2015 at Shirk Field when they defeated the Bullets by a final of 3-2. That was the last game played in this series after last year's game in Owings Mills was canceled. These two sides have met every year since 2012.

The game started off slow, as there was not a shot recorded until 6:09 had elapsed when Ridgely got an attempt off but it rolled wide of the cage patrolled by Haley Mowery. A minute later the home side went on the attack as a penalty corner led to a shot by Lindsay Kraus that was knocked off the line by junior defenseman Marissa Hoffman. Gettysburg kept the pressure up as a shot from Jamie Relin forced a save from sophomore goalie Kelsey Eure. The rebound kicked out to Victoria Umbach whose shot beat Eure but hit the post to keep the game scoreless.

With ten minutes gone the contest would have a breakthrough as freshman Noel Martin found Ridgely in the attack arc. Her shot came in hot and clipped the foot of Mowery bouncing into the back of the net to put the guests up 1-0 with 10:16 gone in the first half. For Ridgely, it was her second straight game with a goal and for Martin, it was assist number one in her Stevenson career.

That goal seemed to wake up the Bullets as they came right back down the pitch and put four consecutive shots towards the goal. All but one was either blocked by the defense or drifted wide of the target. The only chance in that span to test Eure came in the 19th minute when Megan Kratz had an opportunity in the attack area but had it sent away by the Mustang keeper.

Two minutes later the visitors looked to extend the lead when a penalty corner was awarded to Hoffman who played the ball into junior Sara McVey who fired one at the cage but was denied by Mowery between the pipes. The follow-up attempt from junior Alexis Young slid wide of frame.

Gettysburg found the equalizer in the 28th minute when Emma Bertrando got in the attack zone and took one touch to her right to get in the center of the area and ripped one past Eure to level the game at 1-1. The home team kept the pressure up and were rewarded with a penalty corner in the 30th minute. Grace Torrance hit Bertrando on the left wing and her offering found the net as well making it 2-1. Unfortunately, for the Mustangs the hosts were not done as this time it was Relin taking a pass from a teammate at the top of the area, her blast hit a stick in front of the net and jumped over the leaping Eure to put the Bullets up 3-1 with 31:51 gone.

The away side tried to close the game heading into halftime as a shot from Ridgely was knocked away by Mowery. A penalty corner that was awarded to Stevenson with 30-seconds to go taken by Hoffman did not lead to a quality scoring chance and the half would come to a close.

Through 35-minutes Gettysburg held an 11-7 advantage in shots.

Coming out of the break in an attempt to spark the team junior Maia Harper came into the contest to replace Eure in net. Harper was tested five minutes into the half when shots by Allison Cavicchio and Umbach caused her to make two saves in a three-second span.

The Mustangs raced back down the field and had some good chances as shots from Martin and freshman Jean Hart had Mowery on her toes as she was forced to turn them away.
With the guests pushing to get back in the hosts got in the offensive area and saw a pair of shots from Julia Soares forced a defensive save from junior Ashley Meyer and a stop by Harper kept the score at 3-1 with 50-minutes gone.

In the 55th minute, the Bullets would be awarded a penalty stroke after a Stevenson foul near the visiting goal. Lindsay Kraus stepped up a sent the ball into the upper corner of the net behind Eure who had been subbed back on to face the stroke. This now put the home side up 4-1.

The remainder of the game saw the Mustangs push to find a way back into the contest, but every time they would get a shot towards Mowery she was up for the challenge not surrendering another goal. The final horn sounded and it was the home side that left the pitch with the win.

Stevenson outshot Gettysburg in the second half 15-11. The shots finished even with each team getting 22. The Mustangs held a slim edge in penalty corners 9-8.

After a four-game road trip, Stevenson will return to the friendly confines of Mustang Stadium on Saturday, September, 30 when they host the Knights of Arcadia College in MAC Commonwealth play at 7:00 p.m.