OWINGS MILLS, Md. – After suffering their first loss of the season last weekend to Washington (Md.). The Stevenson field hockey team rebounded in a strong way with a shutout of local rival Goucher College Thursday night at Mustang Stadium by a final of, 2-0. The Mustangs (3-1) were paced by goals from freshman Noel Martin and junior Sara McVey. Also contributing to the victory was the goaltending of sophomore Kelsey Eure, who made five saves on the night.
With the win, the Mustangs snap a two-game losing streak to the Gophers (1-4) after dropping the last two contests in Towson. They improve their overall record against Goucher to, 16-4 and 10-0 in Owings Mills.
Stevenson started out the game applying early pressure and earned a penalty corner with just four minutes gone. Junior Marissa Hoffman played the ball out to McVey who had a go but had her attempt blocked. The ball then landed on the stick of Martin whose offering rolled just wide of the net.
The first offensive threat of the night for the guests came after Valerie Mendoza made a great effort to keep the ball in play and found teammate Olivia Dickert who had a go at Eure but did get it past the home keeper. The home side would quickly storm right back down the pitch as sophomore Tanner Ridgely got into the prime scoring territory, however, Goucher goalie Liz Zengel came off her line and made a sliding kick save to keep it scoreless.
Freshman Brigid Saroch got free down the right side and earned another corner for the hosts. Hoffman fed the pass into Martin at the top of the attack area, her shot deflected off a Gopher defender and jumped up over Zengel into the top of the cage to put Stevenson in front, 1-0 with 12 minutes gone in half number one. For Martin, it was her fourth goal of the year.
Martin kept up her strong offensive play as she carried the ball back into the attack area and ripped a shot off of Zengel. Off of the ensuing corner, Hoffman sent the pass towards Martin, but it eluded her stick rolling out of the area. The home team came right back bidding for their second of the game, however, the strike from McVey was knocked away by Zengel.
In the 21st minute, some nice combination play between McVey and sophomore Ashli Glatfelter earned a penalty corner. This time Hoffman's pass did connect with Martin who sent the shot up and over the goal.
Late in half one, Stevenson looked to be in good position to take a 2-0 lead as Martin was left all alone on the left side of the net, unfortunately for the hosts, Zengel came charging off the line and punched the shot away.
As the game reached the halftime break the Mustangs held a 1-0 lead. Also holding a commanding shots advantage at, 9-1 and did not allow a visitor's shot in the last 28:33 of the opening 35-minutes.
The second half started out with the home side in control as McVey attempted to receive a pass in the attack zone, but the ball got stuck under her foot and was cleared out of trouble. The heat stayed on the Goucher defense when junior Ashely Meyer caused a turnover and tried to hit a cutting Ridgley which saw the pass go just out of her reach over the end line.
After a Stevenson time out in the 47th minute, senior Abigail Provost worked her way down the near sideline and whipped a pass across the attack area intended for McVey, but Zengel came sliding out to clear the danger.
Five minutes later, a turnover by the guests in a dangerous spot fell to McVey who was left all alone against Zengel and she buried it to send the Mustangs out to a 2-0 edge with 51:02 gone. For McVey, it was goal number two on the season and number 23 in a Stevenson jersey.
Then in the 54th minute, the Gophers had their best chance of the game when Maya Belin got down the right side and forced a save out of Eure, which led to a penalty corner. Off of the Juarez put the ball right on the stick of Emily Jewell whose blast was also sent away by Eure.
In the 59th, it was the hosts applying more pressure as consecutive shots from McVey and Martin were turned aside by a diving Zengel.
The visiting team looked to end Eure's bid for her second shutout of the season when off a turnover in the mid-field Madison Resolme hit Juarez at the middle of the attack zone, but she stopped by a kick save from the baseball sliding Eure.
In the 68th minute, the hosts looked to kill the clock when freshman Brooke Morris took control of the ball in the offensive half down by the corner flag and just continued to play keep away from the visiting defense. The final horn would sound and Stevenson left the victorious.
The Mustangs dominated the play outshooting the Gophers, 14-5 and holding a 9-3 advantage in penalty corners. Stevenson also improved too, 3-0 when leading at halftime.
Stevenson now embarks on a four-game road trip that starts this Saturday, September 16th when they travel to Shenandoah for a 1:00 p.m. start with the Hornets. The Mustangs next home game is Saturday, September 30th when the Knights of Arcadia invade Mustang Stadium at 7:00 p.m.