Mustangs Lock Up No. 4 Seed With Win Over Widener

Mustangs Lock Up No. 4 Seed With Win Over Widener

CHESTER, Pa. - Stevenson men's soccer sophomore Jay Smith netted his team leading seventh goal of the season while freshman Pete Wickiser added his fourth as the Mustangs posted a 2-0 MAC Commonwealth victory over Widener Saturday evening Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium. With the win, the Mustangs will be the No. 4 seed in the upcoming playoffs.

  • The Mustangs (10-7-1, 4-3-1 MAC Commonwealth) went on the offensive right away, earning a corner kick in the second minute before firing the first shot on goal in the third. Stevenson recorded the first nine shots of the game.
  • In the 15th minute, Widener (7-10-1, 2-6 MAC Commonwealth) was whistled for a foul in the box and Smith converted on second penalty kick of the season to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the 14:38 mark.
  • The Pride recorded its first shot of the game in the 19th minute, a shot that was blocked. The hosts earned a corner kick but could not get off a shot.
  • Freshman Matt Stellitano came up with his first save of the night in the 34th minute. He made two saves in the half, the second coming with 2:31 remaining in the half.
  • In the 41st minute, Wickiser gave the Mustangs a 2-0 lead after heading in the goal off a blocked shot.
  • With just over a minute left in the frame, sophomore Dylan Holy headed a shot high.

  • Stevenson started the second half just like it did the first as sophomore Tariq Lee recorded a shot on net just 1:46 into the half.
  • Stellitano was busy later in the game as he made a pair of saves in the 66th and 70th minutes. The rookie totaled three saves in the half.
  • Both defenes had a pair of blocked shots in the final 20 minutes, including a block by the Mustangs defense in the final four minutes of regulation.
  • Widener was issued a red card with 5:34 remaining in regulation and was forced to play with 10 field players.

  • Stevenson outshot Widener, 22-13 while the Pride held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
  • Stellitano finished with five saves for his fifth shutout of the season. It is the seventh shutout for the Mustangs this season.
  • The playoff appearance will be the first ever for the Mustangs since joining the conference in 2012.
  • It is the first 10-win season since 2014 when the Mustangs finished 10-8-2.

  • Fourth-seeded Stevenson will host fifth-seeded Alvernia in the MAC Commonwealth First Round game on Tuesday, October 30 beginning at 7:00 p.m.