OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Highlighted by goals from senior Kellen Wittman and freshman Gabrielle Arters, the Stevenson women's soccer team posted a 2-0 season opening victory over Methodist Friday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.
The win is the first with the Mustangs (1-0) for head coach Tati Korba while the team posted its sixth consecutive season opening victory. The team is also 4-1 in home openers over the last five seasons and has totaled 29 home shutouts since 2011.
In net, senior Tiffany McKee recorded nine saves for her 16th career solo shutout. She also has an addition seven shared shutouts. Her win also moves her eight wins shy of tying the all-time record of 36 set by Brittany Ross '12.
Stevenson was awarded a free kick on the outside edge of the 18-yard box near the goal line and nearly snuck one inside the near post but a one-timer by sophomore Brianna Christie went just wide off of the kick by senior Brittney Celano.
Down the other end, McKee made a point blank save to keep the game scoreless.
Wittman got the hosts on the board in the 14th minute as she was able to run onto a ball booted up the field by junior Sam Hooker on a one-timer following a free kick by the Monarchs (0-1). Wittman was able to chip the ball over the goalkeeper from just outside the 18-yard box.
It was the 21st career goal for Wittman who know sits tied for eighth in program history.
Just four minutes later, Christie had another look at goal on a through ball from senior Kaylee Ziegler, but sent it just wide for a second time.
In the 40th minute Arters netted her first career goal and gave the Mustangs a 2-0 lead after beating her defender and the goalkeeper to the far post.
McKee made five of her nine saves in the opening half.
The best scoring chance for Methodist came in the 64th minute as Capri Clark was able to control the ball on the edge of the six-yard box after a missed clear by the Mustangs defense. But her shot hit off the far post and safely into the hands of McKee.
The Monarchs outshot the hosts, 11-9 while both teams recorded three corner kicks. All three Mustang corner kicks came in the second half.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, September 2 when the Mustangs host a non-conference contest versus Wisconsin-Oshkosh beginning at 6:00 p.m. It is the first meeting between the two schools.