Mustangs See Season Come to a Close in Conference Semifinals

GLENSIDE, Pa. - Second-seeded and No. 15 nationally Arcadia used a goal in each half to down No. 3 seed Stevenson 2-0 in the semifinals of the 2019 MAC Commonwealth Women's Soccer Championship Thursday night at a rainy Jean Lenox West Field.

  • Stevenson (8-9-2) had the game's first shot in the second minute, as Brianna Christie put a shot on goal that was saved by Knight keeper Brianna Williams.
  • Arcadia's (15-2-3) first shot came just past the five-minute mark, as Megan Mannato fired from just inside the 18.  Keegan Caffrey made the save.
  • AU's Riley Nyhus put a shot off the post in the 13th minute.
  • Marissa Inglisa flipped a shot from 10 yards out after playing a long through ball from Christie in the 16h minute, but Williams collected the ball for her second save.
  • A 12-yard shot by Michaella Merkin in the 27th minute was saved by Caffrey.
  • Moments later, Christie had a chance on a free kick but sent a low liner left.
  • After an initial shot by the hosts rang off the crossbar, Karlie Flowers headed home the rebound for a 1-0 lead with just under 15 minutes left.
  • Arcadia outshot Stevenson 11-3 in the opening 45 minutes.

  • Caffrey made a sliding save on a header bid by Erin Vander Plaat just over four minutes into the second half.
  • Another save by Caffrey on a shot off a corner kick came in the 62nd minute.
  • Morgan Giordano's header in the 72nd minute was stopped by Caffrey.
  • Stevenson's lone shot of the second half at the 76:44 mark by Melanie Parncutt from the top of the 18 was wide.
  • Mackenzie Hoffman's shot just past the 83-minute mark was stopped by Caffrey.
  • Mannato added an insurance goal for the Knights with 1:14 remaining as she headed home a long right-to-left cross by Emily Readinger.

  • Arcadia outshot Stevenson 21-4 and had all seven of the game's corner kicks.
  • The Knights advance to Saturday's final where they will face top-seeded Messiah.
  • Caffrey made six saves for Stevenson, while Williams had a pair of saves en route to the shutout.
  • Stevenson was making its sixth appearance in the MAC Commonwealth semifinals in eight seasons in the league and its first since 2016.
  • The Mustangs finish the season going 7-3-1 over their final 11 contests.