Ventura Nets First Career Goal, Mustangs Shutout DeSales, 4-0

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's soccer juniors Tariq Lee and Jay Smith each recorded a goal and an assist while sophomores Sean McDonald and Brian Ventura both added goals as the Mustangs shutout DeSales, 4-0, in a non-conference contest Saturday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.

  • In the seventh minute, Lee received the ball near midfield and carried it down the left side and into the box before hitting a right-footed shot that beat Jake Padula to the far post.
  • The Bulldogs (1-1) had their first scoring opportunity in the 15th minute but sophomore Matt Stellitano made a diving save after a low shot from the top of the box to the near post.
  • Padula came up with back-to-back saves midway through the half on a free kick by senior DR Medtart and a shot in close by Lee.
  • The final three shots by the Mustangs (2-0) were off target, with two of those shots blocked by DeSales' defense.
  • Sean Murray recorded four of the visitors five shots.
  • Stevenson held possession for 51 percent of the half, which including 65 percent in its offensive zone.

  • In the 55th minute, junior Drew Meyers won the ball on a DeSales throw-in and played it ahead to Lee who centered it at the top of the 18-yard box to a wide open Smith who toed it past the goalie.
  • A couple minutes later, Stellitano made a save on a deep kick that led to a McDonald goal down the other end. Lee headed the ball forwarded before Smith one-timed the ball ahead to McDonald who hit a left-footed shot to the low left corner.
  • McDonald nearly found the back again but Nathan Hatzfeld came up with a point blank save.
  • In the 65th minute, Medtart played in a free kick from 35 yards out that found the feet of Smith, but his shot went just wide of the near left post.
  • Ventura netted his first career goal in the 80th minute as he got behind the defense inside the 18-yard box and finished a cross from senior Nick Ellis.

  • Stevenson outshot DeSales, 27-8, including 16-3 in the second half.
  • Medtart made his 58th career start, which moves into seventh place all-time. Meanwhile, junior Dylan Holy made his 41st consecutive start on defense.
  • Stellitano's first save of the day gave him 100 for his career, which is tied for 10th in program history. He finished the day with three saves before giving way to senior Bobby Considine.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday, September 4 when the Mustangs travel to York (Pa.) for a non-conference contest beginning at 4:00 p.m.
  • The Mustangs return home on Wednesday, September 11 when the team hosts Gettysburg in non-conference play beginning at 7:00 p.m.