Mustangs Battle Hard But Unable To Overcome #2 Messiah

Mustangs Battle Hard But Unable To Overcome #2 Messiah

GRANTHAM, Pa. - Coming off a big non-conference win over Gettysburg College on Tuesday night the Stevenson field hockey team looked to carry that momentum into their second MAC Commonwealth contest against second-ranked Messiah College.  Unfortunately, for the Mustangs second-half goals from senior Sara McVey and sophomore Brooke Morris were not enough as the Falcons held off the late push by a final of 3-2 at Anderson Field on Saturday afternoon.

  • Messiah (9-0, 3-0 MAC Commonwealth) looked to strike just 2:27 into the game after a penalty corner that was fed in by Taylor Wiederrecht landed on the stick of Megan Wetzel whose shot got behind junior goalie Kelsey Eure but was cleared off the line by junior Jordan Hershberger to keep things scoreless.
  • The Falcons recorded the following five shots and forced another defensive save from Hershberger and with 22-minutes off the clock the contest remained tied at 0-0.
  • With 22:41 gone Kristen Musser worked her way into the attack circle and found Kezia Loht with a pass that she knocked past Eure for a 1-0 lead for the home side.  
  • Stevenson (4-6, 0-2 MAC Commonwealth) got their best offensive chance in the 32nd-minute as senior Ashley Meyer inserted a penalty corner and eventually found the ball back on her stick, but her shot was knocked away by Falcons keeper Shelby Landes keeping the home side on top.  In the final minute, an attempt from senior Marissa Hoffman was denied by a Messiah defender bringing the half to a close at 1-0.  
  • At the break, the Falcons held an 8-2 shot advantage.

  • The Mustangs appeared to knot things up in the 50th-minute when a shot from McVey past Landes and appeared destined for the back of the net, but Mackenzie Brubaker reached in and smacked the ball off the line.  
  • Two minutes later it was the Falcons on the attack as Loht sent an offering wide and Eure stoned Hannah Palm holding the deficit at 1-0.
  • Messiah added to their lead with just nine minutes to play as Emily Knepp received the ball in the area and fed Loht who beat Eure making it 2-0.  
  • Stevenson broke the shutout five minutes later when Hoffman found McVey in attack arc and she blasted one past Landes trimming the margin to 2-1.
  • Then with two minutes remaining, Kristen Levesque worked herself inside the attack zone and fired a shot beyond Eure extending the lead to 3-1.  However, the Mustangs did not go quietly as 1:06 later Morris tallied an unassisted marker to bring it to 3-2.

  • Stevenson was outshot for the day 13-7.
  • Penalty corners were dead even at 11-11.
  • For McVey, it was her ninth of the season and 35 as a Mustang.
  • Morris posted goal number seven of the campaign.
  • Eure recorded five saves on the afternoon giving her 54 for the season.
  • It was the fourth nationally-ranked opponent of the year for Stevenson.

 

  • The Mustangs return home on Wednesday, October 3 when they welcome York College of Pennslyvania to Mustang Stadium for a 4pm start.