OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Shelby Litchy and Ali Schilling scored for the Ponies on Saturday as Stillwater knocked off section rival Mahtomedi 2-1 in a nonconference girls’ soccer game at Pony Stadium.
The Ponies (9-3-2) had their streak of five consecutive games without allowing a goal snapped midway through the second half, but Schilling answered with the game-winning goal about three minutes later.
“It was a pretty close game, pretty back and forth overall,” Ponies coach Mike Huber said. “The first half we struggled and they took it to us, but the second half we settled down and played a little better. I don’t think it was our best game, but we played well enough to win and that’s all that matters.”
Litchy scored on a pass from Hannah Okerstrom for a 1-0 lead at 12:34 of a lively first half. The Ponies cleared the ball off the goal line twice during one stretch of the first half and Mahtomedi was also dangerous while taking three of its four corner kicks during a brief span.
“At that point you were lucky to be ahead,” Ponies coach Mike Huber said.
The Zephyrs answered on a goal by Rachael Shumway at 22:49 of the second half as she headed a high, bouncing ball past goalkeeper Megan Holthaus to even the score at 1-all.
Schilling responded quickly for the Ponies, however, drilling a shot from the top of the box high into the far corner of the net for the deciding tally.
“It was a great shot,” Huber said. “It was good way to come back, especially after being scored on when we haven’t been scored on (in five games). To take the lead that quick was great.
“In the second half we were much more aggressive to the ball and we started stringing some passes together.”
Holthaus finished with nine saves in goal for the Ponies before an injury required her to leave the game with 13 minutes remaining. Christina Bartingale preserved the lead while making one save down the stretch.
Mahtomedi 0 1 — 1
Stillwater 1 1 — 2
St — 12:34 — Shelby Litchy (Hannah Okerstrom)
Mah — 22:49 — Rachael Shumway (Morgan Zender)
St — 25:21 — Ali Schilling (unassisted)
Shots on goal — Mah: 11; St: 9.
Corner kicks — Mah: 4; St: 2.
Fouls — Mah: 11; St: 14.
Goalie saves — St: Megan Holthaus (67 minutes) 9 and Christina Bartingale (13 minutes) 1; Mah: Emma Bartholomew (80 minutes) — 7.