Stevens keeps shutout streak with opening-round win against Methodist
GLENSIDE, Pa. – Stevens continued its shutout streak in the first round of the NCAA Championship with a 2-0 victory against Methodist on Saturday.
Senior Zach Adler assisted the first goal and scored the second to lead the Ducks.
Stevens is undefeated in its last 16 games and has not allowed a goal since a 3-1 win against Utica College on Oct. 6.
In the first 13 minutes of play, Stevens had the first good opportunity of the match when a foul was called just outside the Methodist box, but the free kick was blocked down in front.
One minute later, Adler controlled the ball on the right side and sent a crossing pass towards the left post. Quinn Conner dived and headed the ball into the left side of the cage for the 1-0 lead. It was his fourth goal of the year.
Near the end of the half, Eirick Nordseth had the first good scoring opportunity for Methodist when he sent a shot a yard over the Stevens crossbar from the top of the box towards the end of the half.
At halftime, the teams were tied with three shots and one corner kick.
Two minutes into the second period, Adler possessed the ball 30 yards outside the Methodist goal. The senior dribbled diagonally through three Monarch defenders and right-footed a strike into the net for an insurance goal early in the second half.
Off of a corner, Methodist's Joe Cellitti put a header on goal, but the shot was saved by a Monarch defender manning the far post to keep in a two-goal game with 22 minutes remaining in regulation.
The Ducks continued to press Methodist, allowing just six total shots in the match.
Stevens will play its second-round game on Sunday.