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McKee saves 12 as Mustangs battle Fords to draw

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As Stevenson women’s soccer coach Graeme Millar said after his team battled Haverford to a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes, 0-0 draws can give soccer a bad name, but this one was an exciting one.

This one was filled with great saves, including 12 from Mustangs goalkeeper Tiffany McKee, which tied her career-high. Stevenson nearly ended the game in overtime as well, but Haverford goalkeeper Kathy Prescott came up with a save of a perfect header by Stevenson to preserve the scoreless draw.

But while the Mustangs were unable to score, Millar was mostly all smiles after the game. His team remained unbeaten through three games and earned their first shutout against a very good Fords squad that was receiving votes in the coach’s poll.

“I’m very proud of the effort of the girls and I think, first half we were out-shot 9-3 and we felt it in the warm up that’s it’s been a long week after that Salisbury win. We had some tired legs and we tried to freshen them up a bit but the fact is, Tiffany came through when we needed her and we needed her to make those saves,” Millar said. “Here we are, we played 110 minutes and got our first shutout. That’s a huge thing for the defense not to give up any goals to that team.”

Stevenson’s defense played a tight game throughout and most of Haverford’s shots came from quite a distance out. Some of McKee’s saves were easy stops, but quite a few were tough saves.

In the 12th minute Haverford forward Anna Dekle cleared her defender on the left side of the box and ripped a low drive to the near post on a harsh angle, but McKee dove to push the ball away. Haverford nearly scored off the corner kick as Kendra Griesman got her header past McKee, but freshman Alayna Roesener was there to clear it off the line.

In the final seconds of the first half Ali Lopez took a hard shot from the left side of the box on a hard angle for McKee to make a save, but she dove to the far post to keep the ball out of the goal.

Stevenson’s best scoring opportunity in the first half was a long shot by Shannon Ogrysko that was knocked down by Prescott for her only save of the first half.

Haverford out-shot the Mustangs 9-3 in the second half again, but McKee was unbreakable. In the final seconds of regulation McKee had another save off a shot taken by Ali Lopex that had movement on it to force overtime.

In overtime, Stevenson nearly scored off a corner kick. Roesener got her head on the ball in point-blank range and put it down on the ground, but Prescott dropped down, stuck her leg out and kept the game scoreless.

“Ninety-percent of the time that’s a goal; all credit to their goalkeeper,” Millar said. “If we’re going to make saves, their goalkeeper is going to make their one big save and that was an unbelievable save. Credit to their goalkeeper, I said to her it was incredible. Elena did everything right. She headed it down like you’re supposed to and the goalie just stuck out her leg and they were able to clear.”

With the momentum of being undefeated in their last three games, Stevenson will conclude their six-game homestand on Tuesday when they host local-rival Johns Hopkins at 4 pm.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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