Mustangs Score Pair of Goals Late to Defeat Wilkes, 2-1

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson men's soccer team scored two goals in the final 8:17, including the game-winning goal by sophomore Jay Smith as the Mustangs erased a one-goal deficit to down Wilkes in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.

  • The Mustangs (5-3) had the first scoring chance of the game as sophomore Tariq Lee played ball for junior DR Medtart in the middle of the field but Medtart's shot was tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Tim Gallagher.
  • Wilkes recorded its first shot on goal in the 22nd minute as a free kick from 44 yards out found the head of Michael Buckholtz but it was saved by freshman Matt Stellitano.
  • Two of Stevenson's six first half shots were on goal while the Colonels (3-3-1) had just one of their five shots go on target.

  • Wilkes started fast in the second half, recording a shot on net just 15 seconds in as Gabriel Nieves' shot from the top of the box was saved by Stellitano.
  • The Colonels had three consecutive corner kicks early in the half, with all three punched away from Stellitano.
  • In the 52nd minute, the Mustangs had a free kick from 35 yards out that was sent in by Medtart but the header from sophomore Dylan Holy was saved by Gallagher.
  • Ed Lukowski broke the scoreless tie in the 55th minute as his shot from 25 yards out curled in and hit off the far post and in over the outstretched arm of Stellitano.
  • A long throw by sophomore Evan Joseph in the 65th minute bounced around inside the six-yard box but no Mustang could get a shot off.
  • In the 81st minute, sophomore Matthew Glady had a breakaway down the left side but his shot was blocked by the Colonels defense.
  • The Mustangs tied the game at 1-1, as a free kick from sophomore Jevan Leyh from 22 yards out was deflected in by Wilkes.
  • Just 1:14 later, Holy played a long ball for Lee who crossed it into the box for a diving Smith who headed it past Gallagher for the lead with 7:03 remainin in regulation.

  • Stevenson outshot Wilkes, 16-13 while the Colonels held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
  • Smith has scored in back-to-back games while Lee picks up his second assist.
  • Stellitano finished with four saves.
  • Holy has started 25 consecutive games on defense.
  • It is the first time since 2014 the Mustangs have won three consecutive games.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday, September 26 when the Mustangs travel to Immaculata for a non-conference contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Mustangs return home on Saturday, September 29 when the team opens MAC Commonwealh play versus Arcadia at 5:00 p.m.