Mustangs Upset No. 8 Johns Hopkins in Overtime, McKee Sets Save Record

Mustangs Upset No. 8 Johns Hopkins in Overtime, McKee Sets Save Record

BALTIMORE, Md. - Stevenson women's soccer sophomore Marissa Inglisa netted her fourth goal of the season and third game-winner as the Mustangs upset 8th-ranked Johns Hopkins Wednesday evening at Homewood Field.

It is the first win for the Mustangs (6-3) over Johns Hopkins in 13 all-time meetings dating back to 1994. It is also the first time that the Blue Jays have allowed more than one goal in a game this season after outscoring their previous three opponents, 18-1.

The win was also the second over a ranked opponent for Stevenson in the last two years, after downing No. 6 Arcadia on October 15.

Senior Tiffany McKee finished the game with five saves to set the new program record with 267 career saves, passing Maria Harris who set the previous record in 1996.

It was the hosts who had the early chance on net, as the Blue Jays (7-2-1) earned the first corner kick of the game in the opening minutes. After the initial kick got sent back to the corner, Bailey Monaco served the ball back in play which was knocked away by McKee but the ball found the feet of a wide open Thea Harvey-Brown who sent the shot high.

Sophomore Brianna Christie earned the first corner kick of the game for Stevenson in the 10th minute, which was bent into the net by senior Brittney Celano. It is the second time Celano has bent in a goal off a corner kick in her career after scoring in similar fashion last season.

McKee made a pair of saves in the second half, including a diving save in the 34th minute after Johns Hopkins fired in a loose ball following the second corner kick of the half. The Blue Jays finished with five corner kicks in the opening half.

Senior Kellen Wittman was looking for her first goal since the season opener as she had a breakaway chance in the 41st minute, but her defender recovered while Wittman was trying to control the bouncing ball.

After the Mustangs controlled possession for the majority of the opening half, Johns Hopkins came out strong in the second half firing the first shots of the half including a pair of shots in 2:12 of the period.

In the 48th minute Monaco got to the end line and centered a pass but freshman Gabrielle Arters was able to get a foot to the ball before the Blue Jays for a corner kick. Arters held her own defensively throughout the game, mainly guarding Monaco who entered the game with 12 points.

Both teams had good looks off free kicks early in the second half, but McKee came up with a save off a one-timer while Celano nearly connected with Inglisa.

The Blue Jays flipped the field with a long kick down the field after the Stevenson was pressing offensively. Michelle Santangelo was able to control a bouncing ball and create space from two defenders and find the back of the net as McKee was backtracking to the goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the 58th minute.

The visitors reclaimed the lead in the 66th minute as Wittman had another breakaway opportunity, this time firing a shot on net that could not be controlled by Bess Kitzmiller. Freshman Raven Isaac made the run down the field and was there to get a foot on the rebound for her first career goal.

Isaac is the fifth rookie to score in a game this season.

Late in regulation, Monaco beat her defender on the end line and centered a pass to Santangelo who did not quite get a hold of the ball but the deflection landed right to the feet of Maddy Rocks who was able to knock it in to retie the game in the 84th minute.

Inglisa nearly had the game-winner in regulation as a long throw-in by sophomore Alayna Roesener was flicked to the back post to Inglisa but Kitzmiller made a diving stop. On the ensuing corner kick, freshman Allison Arters got a head on the ball on the back post but Kitzmiller made another late save to send the game to overtime.

The Blue Jays got the first shot of the overtime period, but McKee made a sliding save after coming off her line for her fifth save of the game and school record 267th.

In the 96th minute, Stevenson completed the upset as sophomore Alex Hamel played a long ball to Inglisa who timed her run perfectly and sent a low shot left of the keeper and in. It is her second overtime winner this season.

Johns Hopkins held a 15-9 advantage in shots, including 10-6 in the second half while also holding a 7-4 edge in corner kicks. 

Stevenson returns home after a six-game road trip on Saturday, September 30 when the Mustangs open MAC Commonwealth play versus Albright beginning at 4:30 p.m.