Mustangs Blanked By Pride In Conference Action

Mustangs Blanked By Pride In Conference Action

CHESTER, Pa. –  Junior goalkeeper Maia Harper was under pressure for most of the day facing 14 shots and making two saves.  However, it would not be enough on the day as Widener picked up a goal in each half to send the Mustangs to their fourth straight loss by a final of 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. 

Widener (10-3, 4-0 MAC Commonwealth) with the win closes the overall record against Stevenson (5-8, 1-3 MAC Commonwealth) to, 7-4 in favor of the Mustangs.

The game opened up with the home team getting the first chance on net.  A little over two minutes in Kayla Herr received a pass in the attack arc and sent a shot high over the cage manned by junior Maia Harper

Stevenson was not able to get a good flow going in the early going as in a 13-minute span the guests would pick up four consecutive green cards putting them down a player for two minutes each time.  However, the Mustangs remained steady on the defense as the Pride were not able to record a single shot during all of the man-up opportunity. 

Widener took the lead with 23:15 gone in the first half.  When following a penalty corner taken by Eliza Newlin was inserted to Jackie Daniels whose offering at goal was turned away by Harper.  The ensuing rebound kicked out to Newlin who slipped it past the Keeper to make it, 1-0.

The Mustangs looked to have a good chance in the 26th minute when a penalty corner was awarded to freshman Brigid Saroch her feed would bounce around off of some sticks, and the attack did not amount to much.  Another opportunity appeared to present itself a minute later as a yellow card was given to the home side's Kelsi Walker.  Again, the away team had an opportunity off of a penalty corner in the 29th-minute, this time by sophomore Tanner Ridgely, but Stevenson was not able to put together a chance.

For the remainder of the half neither side could get another shot, and the period came to a close at, 1-0 Widener.

Opening up the second frame the pressure was squarely on the Mustangs defense as the Pride came out and recorded five consecutive shots aided by two corners.  All those opportunities did not equate to good scoring chances as none of the shots forced Harper to make a save. 

The guests had a great shot to level things in the 43rd-minute, when Ridgely had a shot drift just wide of home backstop Sabrina Roberto.  Stevenson kept up the attack and this time it would be junior Sara McVey who beat Roberto with her attempt, but it clanged off the post to keep the score the same.

Seven minutes later, the Pride extended the lead to 2-0.  As Newlin picked up the ball around midfield and sent a pass to Herr.  She carried the attack into the circle and slipped her shot past Harper.

The second goal seemed to only spark the hosts more as they held the visitors without a shot over the final 19:15 to close out the game with that scoreline.

The Pride held the edge in shots, 14-2, and penalty corners, 7-2

Stevenson will be back at Mustang Stadium for MAC Commonwealth action on Wednesday, October 18 when they host the, Dutchmen of Lebanon Valley College at 7:00 p.m.