Penalty Kick the Difference in Mustangs Setback Versus Lebanon Valley

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Cheyenne Scott converted on a penalty kick in the 60th minute while the Stevenson women's soccer team was held to just four shots as Lebanon Valley came away with a 1-0 MAC Commonwealth victory over the Mustangs Wednesday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.

With the loss, the Mustangs (10-5, 3-2 MAC Commonwealth) have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season and fall into fourth place in the conference standings. With two games in action later tonight, the team could fall out of the top five with three contests remaining. The top five teams make the conference tournament.

It was Lebanon Valley who dominated the opening half, outshooting the hosts, 7-1 in the period. The Dutchmen (8-2-3, 4-1 MAC Commonwealth) had the first opportunity in the seventh minute as Meghan Ross had a breakaway down the right side of the field and fired a low angled shot towards senior Tiffany McKee. McKee came up with the stop and totaled three saves in the first period.

The visitors earned the first corner kick of the contest just 10:51 into the game but Emmie Santoleri's header was blocked by senior Kailee Ziegler for another corner. Lebanon Valley recorded a shot on the ensuing corner but it was wide of the net.

On the third corner kick for the Dutchmen, Emma Longenecker tried to bend the kick inside the near post but the ball hit off the top of the crossbar and out.

In the 38th minute, a long throw-in by sophomore Alayna Roesener earned the Mustangs their second corner kick of the half but Lebanon Valley cleared it away. In the final minute of the half, Roesener drew another corner kick following her long throw but the kick was again cleared by the Dutchmen.

Just a minute into the second half, Stevenson earned a corner kick but could not get a shot off with the ball bouncing around near the six-yard box. Down the other end, the visitors earned another corner kick and Longenecker nearly connected with a teammate in front of the net but McKee was able to punch it away.

In the 60th minute, the Mustangs were whistled for a hand ball in the box, awarding a penalty kick to Lebanon Valley. Scott put it away low to the left corner to give the Dutchmen a 1-0 lead.

The visitors were looking for a second goal quickly as Rileigh Jo Evitts ripped a shot from top of the box just four minutes later but it was knocked away by McKee. Following that save, Lebanon Valley fired the next four shots.

Stevenson attempted to make a push late in regulation but could not get free to test Emma Strickler in net. A corner kick by senior Brittney Celano found the feet of sophomore Rylie Patterson but her shot from the top of the box was blocked.

McKee finished with five saves in the game bringing her season total to 89, a new career best.

The Dutchmen outshot the Mustangs, 13-4 in the contest and held a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks, including 6-2 in the second half.

Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, October 21 when the Mustangs host a MAC Commonwealth contest versus Lycoming on senior day beginning at 5:00 p.m.