McNulty Scores Lone Goal in Mustangs 1-0 Victory Over Kenyon

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson women's soccer freshman Shannon McNulty scored the games only goal as the Mustangs posted their fourth straight win with a 1-0 non-conference shutout over Kenyon Friday evening at Mustang Stadium.

It was the eighth one-goal game for the Mustangs (8-3) this season and third straight as the team is 5-3 in those games. It was also the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

Neither team got its offense going in the early stages of the game as Kenyon (3-6-2) earned the first corner kick of the game in the fourth minute. Kiele Anderson got her body to the ball on the cross in but the shot sailed wide of the net.

Senior Tiffany McKee handled a long shot easily in the 14th minute for one of her two first half saves. She got help from her defense throughout the half as both freshman Ryleigh Lefever and senior Morgan Cary blocked shots inside the 18-yard box.

On the second corner kick of the game for the Ladies, McKee punched the cross away with the ball landing at the feet of an unmarked Caroline McNeer but McNeer sent her shot high.

The Mustangs pieced together their first offensive threat as senior Kellen Wittman sent a through ball for McNulty but it was just out of reach and collected by goaltender Jililan Countey.

In the 32nd minute, freshman Melanie Parncutt crossed the ball into the box from the end line for Wittman who played the ball back to senior Kailee Ziegler but Ziegler did not get enough speed on the ball and was easily collected for Countey. It was the first shot of the game for the hosts.

Stevenson earned its first corner kick of the game in the 35th minute with sophomore Alex Hamel serving it into the box. After the initial kick was headed past the goal, Wittman recovered and served the ball back into the six-yard box for McNulty who headed it back the other way.

It is the second goal of the season for McNulty while Wittman collected her 54th career point with the assist. Wittman ranks tied for ninth in program history for career points.

Kenyon controlled play early in the second half, recording the first eight shots. In the 53rd minute Meredith Rogers hit a volley off a bouncing ball with her shot taking a bounce inside the box and bouncing over the crossbar.

Samantha Hayes nearly tied the game at 1-1 in the 67th minute as her shot hit off the crossbar. McKee came up with her third save of the game seconds later after a shot from McNeer from the top of the box.

McKee did well tracking down a shot from 25 yards out by McNeer with another Kenyon striker running into the box.

Trailing by one, the Ladies earned a corner kick in the final few seconds but McKee snatched the cross into the box to secure the shutout. It was her 21st career shutout, which ties the program record. McKee also set the school record with her 65th career start in net. 

The Mustangs were outshot, 18-5, including 10-2 in the second half.

Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, October 7 when the Mustangs host Widener in a MAC Commonwealth contest beginning at 4:00 p.m.