READING, Pa. - For the fourth time this season and third time in the last four games, the Stevenson women's soccer team was held scoreless as Alvernia came away with a 1-0 MAC Commonwealth victory Tuesday evening.
With the loss, the Mustangs (11-6, 4-3 MAC Commonwealth) need to pick a win in the regular season finale or get help from Lebanon Valley when they host Widener on Saturday.
It was the visitors who dominated play early on as Stevenson created multiple scoring chances. In the 11th minute Sophomore Brianna Christie was able to cut back to elude her defender at the top of the box but her shot was blocked.
Just a few minutes later, a long throw by sophomore Alayna Roesener found Christie at the bear post but her touch sent the ball high over the net.
The Golden Wolves (6-10-1, 3-5 MAC Commonwealth) went on the offensive in the 16th minute as Kyla Gibson carried the ball up the right sideline before firing a cross into the box but freshman Keegan Caffrey was there to intercept the pass. Caffrey made her first career start in net.
Alvernia recorded its first shot in the 18th minute as Maria Petrongolo sent a deep shot towards net as Caffrey came up with an easy save. In the 25th minute, the hosts got on the board as Eden Jahn cut back and curled a shot over the reach of Caffrey and into the top far right corner from outside the box.
The hosts were looking for a second goal in the final 10 minutes as Lauren Gough got her feet free right outside the six-yard box but freshman Ryleigh Lefever was able to clear it away.
Late in the opening half, freshman Bridget Heist ran onto a loose ball and was able to get a shot off at the top of the box but Jessica Plunkett made a diving save.
The second half was back and forth as the Mustangs tried to make a push late to tie the game. Caffrey kept the visitors in the game with four second half saves. In the 80th minute Lauren Gough received a long pass and got behind the Mustangs defense but Caffrey made a diving save.
Stevenson outshot the Golden Wolves, 6-5 in the second half but it was Alvernia who fired the final three shots. The hosts held a 10-9 advantage in shots for the game while the Mustangs held a 8-5 edge in corner kicks.
Caffrey finished with seven saves.
Stevenson concludes the regular season on Saturday, October 28 versus No. 8 Messiah beginning at 5:00 p.m.