OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson field hockey team rebounded from a tough loss on Wednesday night to York (Pa.) and earned their first win in MAC Commonwealth play using a three-goal first half and a huge penalty stroke save by junior Kelsey Eure to defeat Widener University by a score of 4-1 on Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.
- Widener (5-5, 1-2 MAC Commonwealth) wasted little time testing Eure as just over a minute in a shot off the stick of Gianna Perna was knocked to the side.
- Stevenson (5-7, 1-2 MAC Commonwealth) had their opening chances of the game off of back-to-back penalty corners by senior Ashley Meyer that led to shots for senior Marissa Hoffman and Meyer but all were shut down by Pride keeper Sabrina Roberto keeping things scoreless seven minutes in.
- The home side kept up the pressure as they engineered two breakaways one by sophomore Brooke Morris and senior Sara McVey both, unfortunately, had their shots knocked away.
- With 17-minutes to play in the opening frame after Stevenson was called for a foul in the attack area, Widener was awarded a penalty stroke. Madi Radnoff stepped up to the spot and slipped it under Eure for the 1-0 lead. Just a few minutes later the Pride earned their second penalty stroke of the contest and this time it was Eure who got the better of Radnoff keeping the margin just 1-0.
- Stevenson with 15-minutes left the Mustangs got on the board as McVey got free on the left side of the arc and ripped one towards Roberto that kicked off a defender and into the net to tie the score. McVey then put the home side on top just seven minutes later when she found herself on a breakaway and shot one under Roberto for the 2-1 lead.
- The Mustangs were not finished though as once again it was McVey setting things up after taking a pass from Hoffman her shot was deflected at the side of the net by Meyer beyond the reach of the keeper for a 3-1 advantage.
- Stevenson held a 9-5 edge in shots after 35 minutes.
- The Mustangs pushed their lead out to three with just two minutes played when a corner fed in by Meyer came to senior Alexis Young who passed the ball to Hoffman whose shot eluded Roberto making it 4-1.
- For the first 25-minutes of the second half, Stevenson's defense was fantastic as they allowed seven penalty corner attempts, but did not concede a shot to the Pride. Widener posted their shot with ten minutes remaining as Perna got free inside the arc and made Eure make a save.
- The Pride tried to bring the margin back down to two as they were awarded their third penalty stroke of the contest. This time it was Lexie Eberly who attempted the stroke but her shot missed the net keeping it 4-1 home team.
- Stevenson finished with a slight 12-10 edge in shots.
- Widener held a substantial 18-6 advantage in penalty corners.
- The Mustangs now lead the head-to-head series with Widener 5-2, avenging last year's 2-0 setback in Chester. The last Stevenson victory came on October 10, 2015, in a 3-2 triumph in Pennslyvania.
- McVey added to her team lead with her 11th and 12th goals of the season.
- Hoffman and Meyer each tallied their first of the campaign.
- Eure was strong between the pipes making only 3 saves on the night, including a pivotal penalty stroke save.
Eure prevents the early 2-0 lead for Widener with this penalty stroke save.
- The Mustangs return to action on Monday, October 8 when they travel to Virginia to take on Lynchburg College in their final non-conference contest of the season at 4pm.