Mustangs Down Wilkes to Win ECAC South Championship, Curry MVP
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - The Stevenson women's soccer team tied a school record with its 15th win of the season, defeating Middle Atlantic Conference foe Wilkes 2-1 in overtime to capture the title game of the ECAC Division III South Championship Saturday at Swarthmore's Clothier Field. Senior Kayla Curry (Timonium, Md./John Carroll) was named Most Valuable Player.
The Mustangs (15-5-3) finished the season unbeaten in 12 of its last 13 games, posting a 9-1-3 record en route to the team's first postseason championship in team history.
Stevenson also won a school-record 15 games in 2009.
This year marked the Mustangs' fifth-straight postseason appearance and fifth all-time in the ECAC Division III South Championship where they are now 6-3 with two title game appearances and a semifinal berth in 2009.
For Curry, she was named this year's Most Valuable Player after totaling a goal in each of the Mustangs' three games after entering the tournament with just two goals in 82 career games.
Wilkes (12-5-5) struck first, taking a 1-0 in the 28th minute when Krista Zawistowski netted her first goal in 40 career games when she corralled a loose ball in front of the net following a shot by Jana Martin that deflected off a Stevenson defender.
The Colonels would hold its 1-0 lead into the half despite being outshot, 6-3.
The Mustangs would tie the game in the 61st minute when their two leading scorers, junior Jamie Matlock (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberlan) and sophomore Meaghan Williams (Dundalk, Md./Dundalk) would connect for the first time this season as Matlock scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season and Williams picked up her team-leading seventh assist.
Curry would then score her second game-winner in the last three games when she knocked in a corner kick from junior Shannon McGuire (Darnestown, Md./Northwest) less than five minutes into overtime.
Wilkes outshot Stevenson 12-5 over the final 49:46, including 9-4 in the second half, but the Mustangs managed to stay within striking distance in the second half thanks to a defensive effort led by senior Taylor Zimmerman (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) and junior Lauren Weitzman (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill).
Weitzman, who entered the game after halftime in place of freshman Allison Johnson (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape), made two key saves, one in the second half and one on a shot from in the box in overtime to keep the game tied.
Curry and Zimmerman finish their careers having posted a 56-22-9 record with a conference championship and NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship appearance in 2010, and an ECAC title in 2011.