September 18, 2012

Mountaineers' Steele 1-0 Win At Howard In Men's Soccer Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Matthew Steele (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) scored in the 42nd minute to lift Mount St. Mary's past Howard 1-0 in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday.

Steele notched his second career goal in the match after registering a tally and three assists in his freshman campaign. It was the sophomore's first career game-winner.

Patrick Wheeler (Newcastle, Australia/St. Francis Xavier) dished out the assist on Steele's goal for the Mount (2-5-0) while Peter Steve (Dallas, Pa./Dallas) made three saves in the winning effort.

"It was great to win tonight as it will help us prepare for our first few road games as we begin the NEC," said head coach Rob Ryerson. "Peter Steve had a very good game to help us preserve the victory."

Eric Hamilton turned away three shots for the Bison (0-9-0) in the loss.

Mount St. Mary's scored late in the first half and held on to defeat Howard for the third-straight year and improve to 5-1-4 in the last 10 meetings against the Bison.

Wheeler set up Steele with the pass before Steele was able to pull the Hamilton and find the back of the twine for the decisive tally at 41:08. 

Howard had six shots on the night, but could not find the back of the net. All three of Steve's stops came in the second half. The graduate student net minder turned away all three shots in a span of three minutes and three seconds. Steve made the stop against a Keishon Barrett scoring chance at the 55-minute mark and then made the save on a Elijah Johnson shot at 56:40 and a Rahman Alarape shot attempt at 58:03 to preserve the squad's second 1-0 victory of the season.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action with the start of Northeast Conference play at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sept. 28. Game time is 7 p.m.