OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's soccer sophomore Jay Smith netted a pair of second half goals, including a penalty kick, but Catholic led wire-to-wire to escape with a 3-2 non-conference victory Wednesday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.
- The Mustangs (2-3) had the first look at goal as a long throw from sophomore Evan Joseph found the head of freshman Jason Kahan but Kahan could not get enough pace on the ball to get past goalkeeper Jack Long.
- The first shot from the Cardinals (3-1) was blocked but 20 seconds later, Nelson Zimmerman connected on a cross from Brian Galfond and put the ball in the back of the empty net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.
- Freshman goalkeeper Matt Stellitano came up with back-to-back saves in the 26th and 27th minutes on shots close in, including a shot eight yards out.
- Stevenson headed another shot on goal off a Joseph throw-in, with freshman James Rosa recording the shot on goal in the 30th minute.
- Catholic opened the half with a pair of shots, including one that was saved by Stellitano before Stevenson recorded the next four shots with just one on frame.
- In the 61st minute, the Mustangs were whistled for a foul in the box giving the Cardinals a penalty kick that was converted by Ben Alexander.
- In the 71st minute, Stevenson earned its second corner kick that was taken by junior DR Medtart. His kick into the box was headed by sophomore Dylan Holy but right to Long.
- The Mustangs earned another corner kick a minute later but the shot from Dale Boring from outside the 18-yard box was also knocked down by Long.
- Smith earned a penalty kick in the 80th minute after drawing a foul in the box and converted on the kick to get the hosts back within one, 2-1.
- Catholic reclaimed its two-goal lead in the 87th minute as Alexander netted his second goal of the game in transition, beating Stellitano to the far left post.
- Stellitano made a point blank save in the 89th minute that led to a transition goal by the Mustangs to get within, 3-2, with 52 seconds remaining. After a punt by Stellitano, sophomore Tariq Lee headed the ball to the center of the field before freshman Diego Guerrero flicked the ball ahead to Smith who scored low left.
- Catholic held a 17-14 edge in shots, with both teams recording nine in the second half.
- Stevenson had a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners, with all six coming in the second half.
- Stellitano finished with six saves while Long had four.
- Smith recorded his first career multi-goal game.
- It was the first time in the last four meetings between the two teams that had not gone to overtime.
A save by Stellitano lead's to Smith's second goal of the day.
- Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, September 16 when the Mustangs host a non-conference contest versus St. Vincent beginning at 4:00 p.m.