Morris Goal Not Enough As Mustangs Drop Conference Opener

Morris Goal Not Enough As Mustangs Drop Conference Opener

READING, Pa. - The Stevenson field hockey team got a first-half goal from sophomore Brooke Morris, but it was not enough as the Alvernia University Golden Wolves picked up two second-half markers to defeat the Mustangs by a final of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon in the MAC Commonwealth opener for both sides.

  • Alvernia (4-4, 1-0 MAC Commonwealth) recorded the first shot of the contest 13-minutes in when Taylor Dorrin fired one at Stevenson (3-5, 0-1 MAC Commonwealth) junior keeper Kelsey Eure who calmly steered it to the side. 
  • The Mustangs came back on the attack as attempts from sophomore Brigid Saroch and senior Sara McVey werre denied by Golden Wolves goalie Nicole Heinze in the 16th-minute to keep the game scoreless.  
  • With 14 minutes remaining in the first half the away side was awarded back-to-back penalty corners resulting in two more shots for McVey but neither one would be on target.  
  • The Mustangs got on the board with just a little under three minutes to play when after a  penalty corner the ball landed on the stick of Morris who slipped her shot into the left side of the cage behind Heinze giving Stevenson a 1-0 lead.  
  • A shot from the Golden Wolves Andrea Zimmerman went wide of goal with a minute to play and the half came to a close at 1-0.
  • After 35 minutes Stevenson held a 5-3 edge in shots.

 

  • Just eight minutes into the period a penalty corner taken by the Golden Wolves Erica Groves came to the stick of Kelsey Stewart who laid a pass to Victoria Strasser in the center of the area and her shot beat Eure to knot the score at 1-1.
  • In the 57th-minute Stevenson looked to have a chance to recapture the lead, but a shot from Saroch missed the cage and off the ensuing corner attempt the visitors could not muster a shot.
  • The home side would take their first lead of the game with 12 minutes to go when Morgan Mondschein whiffed on her shot, but the ball found the stick of teammate Groves who knocked her offering passed Eure to make it 2-1.
  • With ten minutes left Saroch looked like she was going to tie the game as her shot beat Heinze, but it was cleared off the goal line by Madison Potthoff keeping Alvernia in front.
  • Down the stretch, the Mustangs would earn three penalty corners, but only could post one shot as an attempt from junior Emma Adams was kicked away by Heinze.   

  • Stevenson held an 8-6 advantage in shots and a 10-9 edge in penalty corners.
  • Eure only had to make two saves on the day.
  • Morris posted her sixth goal of the season.
  • Stevenson has now dropped four in a row, three of which by one goal and two in overtime.

  • The Mustangs return to action on Tuesday, September 25 when they host the Gettysburg College Bullets in non-conference play at Mustang Stadium.  Start time is set for 7pm.