Mustangs Suffer Second OT Setback Of The Week

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson field hockey team rallied back from two goals down to knot the game at 2-2 in the second half, before succumbing in overtime for the second time this week this time to the visiting Shenandoah University Hornets by a final of 3-2 in non-conference play on Saturday night at Mustang Stadium. 

  • Stevenson (3-3) recorded the first shot of the contest just 1:48 in when senior Sara McVey forced a save out of Shenandoah (5-1) keeper Isabella Morande.  The visitors responded just over a minute later when Lauren Tyre made junior keeper Kelsey Eure to push an offering away.  
  • In the 12th-minute the Hornets put the pressure on the Mustangs defense as a penalty corner taken by Morgan Payne led to a shot from Taylor Hayes that was blocked by a Stevenson defender.  Unfortunately, the ensuing corner would lead to the first goal of the night as Morgan Payne fed the ball to Hayes and her attempt beat Eure to make it 1-0.
  • Just about five minutes later the Hornets doubled their lead when another Payne to Hayes connection off a corner led to a shot and this time it was Raven Barter who deflected Hayes try into the cage stretching the margin to 2-0.  
  • Then at the 25:28 mark the Mustangs chipped into the deficit as McVey worked herself into the attack area and shot one past Morande, but just before it crossed the goal line the ball tipped off the stick of junior Emma Adams for the final touch into the net bringing it to 2-1.
  • Each side would record three more shots in the remaining ten minutes but none of them found the back of the net.  After 35-minutes Shenandoah was outshooting the hosts 9-5.

  • The Mustangs came out of the break strong as they recorded the first four shots of the half coming off the sticks of freshman Katelyn Byramsophomore Brooke MorrisAdams, and McVey but none slipped past Morande who made all four saves in that stretch.
  • Then after Stevenson was assessed a pair of yellow cards to Byram and senior Marissa Hoffman the Hornets got their first shots of the period playing two-men up as Kayla Alderman, Kelsey Jones, Hayes, and Tyre were all stopped by Eure in a one-minute span. 
  • The home side went up a player on a green card given to Jones, but Shenandoah kept the slim lead as Morande turned away Adams twice with 20-minutes to play.
  • Stevenson found the equalizer in the 60th-minute when sophomore Brigid Saroch unloaded on a long pass from her defensive half that was picked up by McVey who dribbled all the way into the attacking zone and slipped one past the pads of Morande to even things 2-2.
  • In the final minute, the hosts went in search of a late winner after the initial shot from McVey was denied the rebound skipped out to Saroch whose final shot was stopped by Morande sending the game to overtime.
  • The Mustangs outshot the Hornets in the second half 10-6 and after regulation, they were tied at 15 apiece.

  • It took six minutes to see the first shot as Jones sent one wide of the Mustangs goal.
  • Then, with 7:33 off the clock a costly Stevenson turnover landed on the stick of Jones who fed the ball to Alderman on a 2-on-1 and her shot beat Eure to end the game 3-2. 

  • For the game, Shenandoah held a slim 17-15 edge in shots.
  • The visitors' also had a 10-7 lead in penalty corners.
  • These two sides seem to like this scoreline as the game last in Winchester went through regulation and an overtime period before Stevenson got a goal from Noel Martin to win 3-2 in double overtime.
  • For McVey, it was her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
  • Adams picked up her first of the year and third as a Mustang.
  • Saroch dished out assist number six of the campaign.
  • Eure made eight saves in the loss.

McVey takes the long feed from Saroch and nets sixth of the season.

  • The Mustangs will have a few days to rest before they welcome 15th-ranked Rowan University to Mustang Stadium on Tuesday, September 18 for a 7pm start.
  • They will then open up conference play on the road on Saturday, September 22 when they visit Alvernia University at 4pm.