OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson field hockey team celebrated seniors Abigail Provost, Kali Martin, and Carrie Brighthaupt in grand fashion overcoming a two-goal deficit and two missed penalty strokes to edge the Alvernia Golden Wolves by a final of 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night at Mustang Stadium. Junior Marissa Hoffman netted the game-clinching goal with 1:34 left in the extra session.
With the win, the Mustangs (6-9, 2-4 MAC Commonwealth) ended a three-game losing streak against Alvernia (10-7, 4-2 MAC Commonwealth) and improved to 3-1 against the Golden Wolves in Owings Mills.
The away side got on the board first in the fifth-minute after a corner taken by Andrea Wysocki teammate Taylor Dorrin carried into the area and got a shot off at junior keeper Maia Harper who stopped the first attempt. The rebound skipped out to Erica Groves she was able to slide a pass over to Wysocki who tapped the ball into the net for an early 1-0 lead. Wysocki then found the net again just three minutes later when after four shots and four Harper saves she was able to reach a rebound and stick past the backstop to make it 2-0.
Stevenson was finally able to relieve the visiting side high pressure with ten minutes left in half one when freshman Noel Martin worked her way inside the attack arc but her shot at Emma Beamesderfer went wide of the target. Martin got another quality chance with 6:30 left, as she got clear of the defense and sent an offering high. The half came to a close with the away team holding a 17-6 edge in shots and a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard.
The break was just what the Mustangs needed with only five minutes gone in the second period a penalty corner was awarded to Martin. She inserted the ball to Hoffman, who blasted a shot towards goal that was deflected in front of the cage by sophomore Tanner Ridgely to get the hosts on the board at 2-1.
in the 58th-minute, after an Alvernia foul in the circle a penalty stroke was awarded to Mustangs sophomore Ashli Glatfelter, however, it would be denied by the Golden Wolves Beamesderfer. This would lead to the away side taking a timeout.
The brief stoppage seemed to spark the hosts as eight minutes later they were on level terms. After Martin dribbled the ball to just outside the attack area and found junior Sara Mcvey who ripped a shot through a screen set by Ridgely into the back of the cage.
A strong solo effort by an Alvernia forward to gain the circle did not amount to much as the centering pass eluded all sticks and trickled out of play with three minutes remaining. Off a Stevenson giveaway, the visitors earned a corner taken by Andrea Wysocki was inserted to Andrea Zimmerman who got a shot away, but did not test sophomore goalie Kelsey Eure who had come into the game after halftime.
Ridgely with a strong individual effort to gain the circle resulted in a penalty corner with under a minute to go that was sent in by Martin, but unfortunately the ball kicked out to midfield and regulation came to a close tied at, 2-2.
Starting the overtime period the opening eight minutes were spent in the center of the pitch. The best chance for the Mustangs came with seven minutes to play when Ridgely found a wide-open freshman Brooke Morris who had the ball get caught-up under her feet and ended the threat.
Stevenson earned their second penalty stroke on the game with 5:24 left after a Golden Wolves foul in the area. Freshman Brigid Saroch stepped-up to take it, but her offering would drift just to the right of the cage. The offense kept the heat on Beamesderfer as they forced her to make three consecutive saves.
The relentless Mustangs pressure got rewarded with 1:34 remaining in the extra session after a penalty corner from sophomore Emma Adams was fed into Hoffman who took one touch to get the ball inside the attack circle and ripped a shot past Beamesderfer for the 2-1 winner. For Hoffman, it was her second of the season and second game-winner.
Alvernia held a 28-22 advantage in shots for the game, but Stevenson outshot the visitors 7-2 in the overtime. The Golden Wolves also had an 11-8 edge in penalty corners.
Stevenson will conclude the 2017 regular season on Thursday, October 26 when they travel to Frederick to take on the Blazers, of Hood College at 4:00 p.m.