OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Coming off of a tough 1-3, four-game road trip the Stevenson field hockey rebounded on Saturday night with a convincing 4-1 win over MAC Commonwealth foe Arcadia at Mustang Stadium. The win snapped a three a three-game losing skid for the Mustangs (5-4, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth). Sophomore Tanner Ridgely continued her strong season as she added another two goals on five shots. Freshman Noel Martin and her sister senior Kali Martin each added a goal to the effort.
With the Mustangs win they trail the overall series with the Knights 5-2, but improve to 2-1 in Owings Mills against Arcadia. The victory also snapped a two-game winless streak against the team from Glenside losing in 2015 and falling in overtime last year on the road by a score of 4-3.
The home team looked to strike quickly as the right off the opening hit Noel Martin found herself in the attack area in the first minute of the contest and was able to get a shot on goal, but it was knocked away by visiting goalkeeper Maya Stern.
It took until the eighth minute to have a penalty corner awarded, and it was given to Stevenson. Freshman Brigid Saroch took it finding junior Marissa Hoffman at the top of the area. She let a shot fly and had it tipped wide of the net by Noel Martin.
Junior Ashley Meyer kept up the offensive heat for the hosts in the 12th when her pass when across the front of goal landing on the stick of Noel Martin, however her effort at goal was denied by Stern to keep the game scoreless.
Arcadia (7-4, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) then came to life starting in the 22nd-minute when a long pass from a teammate found the stick of Lindsay Bechtold who controlled it in the attack circle and sent one at starting goalie junior Maia Harper who calmly knocked it out of trouble. The offensive pressure for the guests continued though, as a home giveaway at midfield led to Isabelle Houser sending a pass to Michaela Ferlow who danced around a couple of Mustang defenders and sent it past Harper to make it 1-0 for the Knights with 23:08 gone.
A few minutes later the away side looked to extend their lead when Lauren Dougherty fed Ferlow right in front of the cage, but fortunately for the hosts, the shot sailed way up and over the net.
The final minute of the opening period saw the Mustangs pushing for the tie as again it was Noel Martin starting the play just outside of the attack zone and sending the pass towards Saroch at the edge of the goal, but her tip rolled just wide of Stern. The half would finish with the guest ahead 1-0.
Through 35-minutes Stevenson held a slim 7-5 advantage in shots. Also had a sizeable 4-1 edge in penalty corners.
Starting the second frame, the home team wasted little time finding the equalizer, as in the 38th minute Ridgely picked up the ball just across the halfway line and made two nice dekes around Knights defenders to get into the area. The ball rolled off her stick just before she could shoot to Sterns who kicked it right back to Ridgely she fired one at goal but was stopped. The rebound kicked out to Saroch on the left side who sent it back to Ridgely who had another shot turned away by Sterns. However, this time the rebound skipped out to Noel Martin who beat Sterns to level the score at 1-1. For Martin, it was her sixth of the season, and second straight game with a point.
The score remained level until the 53:47 gone when after a great effort by sophomore Jordan Hershberger to carry the ball into the offensive area which led to a visitor foul. Off the restart hit by junior Sara McVey the ball bounced around a mass of players at the top of the circle and when it finally kicked free it landed on the stick of Ridgely who ripped one past Stern to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead. For Ridgely, it was goal number five of the season and her third consecutive game with a goal.
Then, in the 59th minute, the advantage would grow to 3-1 after another away foul led to a corner taken by Noel Martin. Her pass came to Hoffman at the top of the area, she fed McVey who blasted one towards frame which was tipped by Kali Martin over Stern into the back of the cage. For her, it was goal number one for the year and third in her Stevenson career.
Arcadia's best chance in the second half came with 5:20 left, off a corner taken by Liz Stierle came to Houser who blasted one at goal that got beyond Harper, but was cleared off the line by Hoffman to keep it 3-1.
The home side added one more for good measure with 2:24 to play, when once again it was Ridgely going all alone down the right side of the pitch gaining the attack area and beating Stern on the short side to run the lead to 4-1.
The final horn would sound with Stevenson getting a much need conference win.
Shots for the game favored the home side for the game 20-7, including 13-2 in the second half.
A magic number this season for the Mustangs is three, as they are now 4-0 when scoring three goals.
After a brief stop at home, Stevenson will be back on the road on Wednesday, October 4 as they travel to York, Pennsylvania to take on the Spartans in non-conference action at 6:00 p.m. They will then return to the friendly confines of Mustang Stadium on Saturday, October, 7 when they host the nationally-ranked Falcons of Messiah College in MAC Commonwealth play at 7:00 p.m.