WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the first time this season, the Stevenson women's soccer team was shutout as Bella Bertoncini scored the game's lone goal in the 66th minute to give host Catholic a 1-0 non-conference victory over Wednesday afternoon at the CUA Soccer Field.
It is the fourth consecutive one-goal game for the Mustangs (3-2) with the team going 2-2 in those contests. It is also the third straight loss versus Catholic who holds a 11-6-2 all-time series lead over Stevenson.
After her 16 save performance on Sunday, senior Tiffany McKee was tested early in the contest as she was forced to come up with a pair of saves in the opening 10 minutes. Stevenson did not record its first shot of the game until the 12th minute and finished the opening half with four total shots, including three on net.
The visitors struggled to get onto the offensive end early and did not test goalkeeper Christina Peyroux until the 29th minute. Senior Kellen Wittman beat her defender down the far sideline before finding classmate Kailee Ziegler in the box for a great scoring opportunity but Peyroux came up with a point blank save on a shot ripped from the middle of the 18-yard box.
Wittman had an opportunity of her own to get the Mustangs on the board five minutes later, but Peyroux cut off her angle and stopped her shot going towards the back post.
The Mustangs were outshot, 10-5 in the opening half but recorded four of the final six shots.
On the fourth corner kick of the game for the Cardinals (4-1), McKee looked to initially save a header but Bertoncini was right there to easily knock in the rebound to give the hosts the lead. Bertoncini shared the team lead with three shots.
In the 76th minute, sophomore Brianna Christie had a wide open look on net after a touch pass at the top of the 18-yard box from Wittman, but the shot was fired right at Peyroux who came up with the save.
With three minutes remaining, Catholic had an opportunity to extend its lead to two as Bridget Buckley and Grace Boras had a give-and-go inside the 18-yard box. But McKee kept the deficit at one with her eighth save of the game.
McKee currently sits in fifth place with 248 career saves just 18 shy of the all-time record held by Maria Harris.
The Mustangs gave themselves a couple of scoring chances in the final few minutes of the game as freshman Allison Arters nearly got to a through ball in the box to go one-one-one with the goalie but it was just out of reach. In the final 15 seconds, Arters nearly broke through again but it was knocked away by Peyroux.
The Cardinals held an 18-11 lead in shots while the Mustangs held a slight 5-4 advantage in corner kicks, including 3-1 in the second half.
Stevenson continues its six-game road trip on Saturday, September 16 when the Mustangs face Frostburg State beginning at 3:00 p.m.