Smith Nets Game-Winner to Lift Mustangs Over Alvernia in First Round

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's soccer sophomore Jay Smith scored with 2:11 remaining in regulation as the fourth-seeded Mustangs erased an early deficit to down fifth-seeded Alvernia, 3-2, in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) First Round Tuesday evening at Mustang Stadium.

  • The hosts recorded the first shot of the game as junior DR Medtart fired a corner kick into the box in the third minute that sophomore Evan Joseph headed on net.
  • At 4:57, Ryan Kuster played the ball to open space in the 18-yard box to Austin Young who shot the ball to the far left post, beating both the defender and freshman Matt Stellitano in net for the early lead.
  • Just a few minutes later, the Mustangs (11-7-1) nearly headed the ball into their on goal as a defender tried to head the ball back to Stellitano but Alvernia was whistled for a foul.
  • Midway through the opening half, sophomore Tariq Lee fired his second shot of the game after the ball fell to his feet in the middle of the box but his shot skidded just over the crossbar.
  • In the 35th minute, the Golden Wolves (8-11-2) had a free kick from 30 yards out but Nick Sincavage sent the kick wide of the net.
  • Neither team put a shot on net after Stellitano's save in the seventh minute.

  • It took just 1:45 for Stevenson to tie the game as Medtart fired the ball from 30 yards out that hit off the post and in. Freshman Pete Wickiser centered the ball to Medtart who stopped the ball before firing it to the back of the net.
  • The Mustangs took a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute as freshman Jason Kahan deflected a one-timer from junior Gaige Robinson. Medtart played a corner kick to Robinson at the top of the box who hit a one-timer towards the net that was deflected in by Kahan.
  • In the 67th minute, the Golden Wolves responded as Kuster headed in a corner kick from Young that was nearly saved off the endline by Robinson.
  • Smith drew a foul in the box to earn a penalty kick but his shot to the right post was saved by Luci Grippi.
  • A shot by Kahan in the 86th minute was blocked out of bounds for a corner kick before Smith's shot off the corner was also blocked. The hosts did not record a shot on the ensuing corner kick,
  • Stevenson had a free kick from 50 yards out in the 88th minute that Medtart played towards the box. The ball bounced out wide to Wickiser who sent it back in to the feet of Smith before Smith beat Grippi for the go-ahead score.

  • Stevenson outshot Alvernia, 18-8, including 11-2 in the second half. The Mustangs also held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.
  • It is the first playoff appearance for the Mustangs since 2011, when the team made the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) First Round. It is the first conference playoff win since 2009 when the team advanced to the CAC championship game.
  • The win over the Golden Wolves is the second straight for the Mustangs who defeated Alvernia on October 20. Prior to that win, Stevenson was winless in nine previous meetings.
  • For Smith, it is his team leading eighth goal of the season and third game-winning goal.
  • The multi-assist game for Wickiser is the first of his career.
  • Sophomore defender Dylan Holy made his 36th consecutive start while Stellitano, who made two saves, made his 14th straight start in net.

  • Fourth-seeded Stevenson advances to the MAC Commonwealth semifinals where the Mustangs will travel to face top-seeded and top-ranked Messiah beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.
  • The Mustangs took the Falcons to overtime at Mustang Stadium on October 3.