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Mustangs trample Chatham 5-0 in ECACs

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It’s not the NCAA Tournament, but the it’s still a postseason victory and the Stevenson women’s soccer team is going to approach all those games the same. On Saturday they dominated Chatham in the first round of the 2015 ECAC Division III Soccer Championship, earning a 5-0 victory at Mustang Stadium.

“That’s exactly what we needed,” head coach Graeme Millar said. “We had a tough one against Arcadia and it’s tough to end on a loss – most teams do except for the NCAA Champion and ECAC Champions – so for us it was all about ‘we made a championship, we’re going to go for a championship, forget about last week and set the tone for next year.’ And the girls, you saw that in the first five minutes.”

Stevenson scored two goals in the first five minutes. Chatham never recovered from the heavy punch out of the gate.

Sam Hooker headed a ball into the goal off a corner kick sent in from Brittany Celano at 3:55. Just 65 seconds later Brianna Christie got loose from the Cougar defense and scored her fifth goal of the year to give Stevenson a 2-0 victory.

Stevenson out-shot Chatham 20-5 and a 7-1 corner kick advantage in the game. Tiffany McKee had a relatively easy game as the Mustangs offense dominated possession and kept the ball away from the Cougars. McKee did some up with two saves, though, and earned her seventh shutout of the season. That tops the six clean sheets she had as a freshman.

The scoring didn’t stop with those two quick goals either. Freshman Alyssa Rasmussen scored the first goal of her career in the 40th minute of the game with a rip inside the upper corner from inside the box.

The Mustangs not longer had to worry about the always-dangerous 2-0 lead at halftime and continued to put the Cougar away in the second half with two more goals. Celano bent a ball into the goal from a corner kick in the 58th minute. Three minutes later Christie netted her second goal with a shot over backup Chatham goalkeeper Emmory Tardivo. It was assisted by Rasmussen.

The Mustangs will face the top-seeded Grove City Wolverines from Northwest Pennsylvania. The quarterfinal match will be played with less than an 18 hour turnaround, kicking off at 12 pm on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Mustang Stadium.

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