GRANTHAM, Pa. - Stevenson women's soccer senior Tiffany McKee recorded 14 saves but seventh-ranked Messiah found the back of the net three times as the Falcons posted a 3-0 MAC Commonwealth victory in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Shoemaker Field.
The Mustangs (11-7, 4-4 MAC Commonwealth), who were held to a season-low two shots, were eliminated from the upcoming MAC Commonwealth playoffs as Widener posted a 2-0 victory over Lebanon Valley.
For Messiah, the Falcons clinch the top seed in the tournament after not allowing a goal throughout conference play and will have home field advantage throughout.
It was the visitors who recorded the first shot of the game as a header in the opening minute by sophomore Alayna Roesener following a corner kick by classmate Alex Hamel was blocked. The Mustangs recorded just one shot in each half with neither going on net.
The hosts did not record its first shot on net until the ninth minute as Brooke Firestone came down the right side and fired it towards McKee who made a diving save. McKee totaled her second double digit save game of the season.
Just three minutes later, McKee made another diving save as the ball bounced to the top of the 18-yard box following a corner kick and Sarah Strachan took a shot through traffic to the far post. The Mustangs defense came up big following the third corner kick by the Falcons as they posted three consecutive blocked shots inside the box before McKee came up with her third save of the game.
Sunny Gelnovatch hit a quick one-timer 10 yards away in the 30th minute after a cross into the box but McKee was there was again to knock it aside.
Messiah got on the board late in the opening half as Maddie Kohl fired the Falcons' eighth corner kick to the far post for Lydia Eichorn who headed it down past McKee for a one-goal halftime lead.
Stevenson earned its second corner kick of the game in the 59th minute and after Hamel's cross was headed away, freshman Gabrielle Arters fired a shot back in from the top of the box but it was well wide of the net.
The Falcons added an insurance goal in the 84th minute as Julia Kyne sent in a cross to the near post to Megan Mansfield who was inside the six-yard box and fired it the other way to the far post. Just 56 seconds later, Firestone sent a pass across the face of the goal and Strachan ran onto the ball and tapped it in.
Messiah recorded 35 shots and held a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks.