Mustangs Blanked By Hornets In Non-Conference Play

OWINGS MILLS, Md. –  Junior goalkeeper Maia Harper made 10 saves, and junior Sara McVey recorded a team-high four shots.  However, Jackie Lerro scored twice and teammates Nikki Simpao and Kayla Copeman each added one as the Hornets of Lynchburg College defeated Stevenson on Tuesday night by a final of, 4-0 at Mustang Stadium. 

Lynchburg (10-3) improves their overall record to, 9-0 against Stevenson (5-7).

The visitors looked to jump out in front early.  When right off the opening whistle Lerro stormed down the left side of the field and fired one towards the net that was turned away by Harper.

In the third minute, after two consecutive penalty corners taken by the Hornets, Karissa LeMaire, the ball found the stick of Hannah Krause whose shot rang the post.  The rebound kicked out to Lerro who stuck it behind Harper coming out of a net-mouth scramble to make it 1-0.

A little over a minute later the guests made the score, 2-0 when Simpao got open down the right side.  Her centering pass came to Copeman and her offering slipped past the Mustangs goalie with 5:32 gone in the half.

The home side had some great chances with seven minutes to play in the period.  When sophomore Tanner Ridgely found herself in the attack circle, her attempt would be denied by Lynchburg backstop Laurel Nicks.  The ensuing rebound skipped out to McVey, but she too was stopped by Nicks.

In the 32nd minute, Simpao would pick up her second maker of the game.  After Emily Dudley, worked her way down the right side shielding off defenders she found Simpao in the center of the attack area who stuck it behind Harper to extend the Lynchburg lead to, 3-0.

Stevenson had a chance in the final minute but a pass ahead from sophomore Ashli Glatfelter bounced off of Ridgely and over the end line.  Off the restart, one last pass attempt from a Mustangs forward bounced across the face of goal, but eluded the stick of all players.

Coming out of the halftime break the Mustangs tried to get back into the game as a corner awarded to Ridgely in the 53rd-minute was fed in towards junior Marissa Hoffman, but the ball jumped over her stick bringing the attacking threat to an end.

A minute later the Hornets made it 4-0, when Lerro centered a ball in from the right side.  Her pass rattled around off some players in front of Harper and bounced into the net.

The home team looked to be on the board in the 65th minute, when a corner was awarded to sophomore Emma Adams.  Her insert found McVey at the top of the area, who let a blast fly towards goal.  It would go past Nicks into the cage.  However, it was not touched within the arc so the goal was washed out. 

The final five minutes would tick away with neither side getting another good chance at the net.

The Hornets held the edge in shots, 28-7, and penalty corners, 12-6

Stevenson will head back on the road for MAC Commonwealth action on Saturday, October 14 when they visit the, Pride of Widener University at 1:00 p.m.