Mustangs Battle Hard, But Fall To Lebanon Valley

OWINGS MILLS, Md. –  Junior Sara McVey recorded a team-high six shots, and freshman Noel Martin picked up her team-leading eighth goal of the season.  However, it was not enough as the visitors from Lebanon Valley netted a goal in each half to edge out the Mustangs on Wednesday night at Mustang Stadium by a final of 2-1.

With the victory, the Dutchmen (6-9, 2-3 MAC Commonwealth) improve to 14-3 against the Mustangs (5-9, 1-4 MAC Commonwealth).  They also ended a two-game home winning streak for Stevenson in the series.

The home side had a chance to break through just two minutes in when sophomore Tanner Ridgely worked her way down the right side and centered a pass to junior Ashley Meyer.  Her attempt at frame, however, was turned aside by visiting goalie Tori ByDeLey who came diving off of her line.

Just a minute later Lebanon Valley would get on the board.  After a Stevenson giveaway in the middle of the field, Kaylea Garman picked the ball up for the guests and found a cutting Cecile Kat who tucked her shot behind junior keeper Maia Harper to make it 1-0.

With, 15-minutes gone in half number one, after a home turnover the Dutchmen went on a 3-on-1 odd man rush led by Kat, who decided to keep and carry all the way into the area only to have her shot turned away by Harper.

The Mustangs were back on the attack just a few minutes later when McVey picked up the ball just across the halfway line and dribbled into the circle only to have her shot blocked by ByDeLey.  The rebound skipped out to Meyer who beat the keeper, but had her offering ring off the post.

Lebanon Valley came racing back the other way as Maddie Fox recorded two shots on goal in quick succession each resulting in a save.  The first came from Meyer who stuck her stick out to keep the ball from crossing the line, and then the following rebound was sent away by Harper.

In the 26th-minute, the home team found their way onto the scoreboard.  After play broke down into a net-mouth scramble all around ByDeLey, which forced her two make two saves on Ridgely including one from her knees.  The ball eventually ricocheted out to Martin who beat the backstop to even the score at, 1-1.

The rest of the half saw neither team get another quality chance on goal and the teams would head to the break even.

For the opening ten minutes of the second half, the game was spent primarily in the midfield each team only recording one shot during that span.

Stevenson had its best chance of the half in the 52nd-minute when Martin got free in the center of the arc and ripped a shot over the top of the net.  Then, just over a minute later Kat broke in down the right side and forced Harper to make a tough short-side save.

The Dutchmen retook the lead in the 58th-minute, off of a penalty corner taken by Rachel Gorman that found Kat in the area her shot on frame was knocked away by Harper.  However, the rebound kicked out to Gorman who found the back of the net making the score, 2-1.

In the final two minutes with the Mustangs seeking out the equalizer Harper vacated the net and junior Marissa Hoffman was moved even deeper from her defensive position to patrol the cage.  McVey would get inside the area with two minutes to go and caused ByDeLey to make a save.  One last chance would come with the clock at zero when a penalty corner was awarded to freshman Brigid Saroch, but her insert bounced off a bunch of sticks and was cleared out by the guests to end the game.

The final stats show that the game was close right up until the end, as shots were deadlocked at 14, and the Mustangs held a slim, 5-3 edge in penalty corners.

Stevenson will be back at it on Saturday, October 21 for MAC Commonwealth action when they host the, Golden Wolves of Alvernia University at 7:30 p.m.  It will be Senior Day for the Mustangs, as they will honor their three senior players: Abigail Provost, Kali Martin, and Carrie Brighthaupt