BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey defense was on point in their home-opener earlier Tuesday afternoon against Muhlenberg. Unfortunately, they were unable to hold off the Mules attack for the full 70 minutes, while Muhlenberg managed to control possession and keep the Owls at bay long enough to go home with an 8-0 win. Freshman goalkeeper Angela Meng had a spectacular day in the cage for Bryn Mawr, making 21 saves in the tough loss.
Muhlenberg (2-1, 1-0 Cent.) earned a pair of penalty corners in the opening three minutes of the game, but Bryn Mawr (0-2, 0-1 Cent.) bowed up defensively and cleared the ball out of danger. However, it was the third penalty corner that did them in, as Laura Holdman took a pass from the top of the circle off of the insertion and fired a shot into the cage to put the Mules ahead 1-0 just four minutes in.
A few minutes later, Taylor Smith got her first goal of the day for the Mules to make it two-nil. The visitors threatened to score again right off of the restart, but junior defender Katie Alpert made a fine defensive save in front of the yawning goal mouth to keep the Mules from getting on the board again.
As the game continued, the Owls worked furiously on defense to keep Muhlenberg to the edges of the field, with Meng behind them making save after save to help the team out as well. Muhlenberg broke through three more times in the half with Smith scoring again and Emily Boyle netting a brace. In the second half, Boyle and Smith both completed their hat-tricks and one more goal capped off the scoring at 8-0.
The Owls did have one very good look at a potential goal in the second half. After breaking out of their own end, Bryn Mawr caught the visitors on the counter-attack, throwing numbers forward while the Mules were slow to respond. One Owl managed to collect the ball around midfield, and she sent a pass down towards the circle. The ball crossed all the way in front of the cage just a few yards out, and Bryn Mawr was just a hair away from deflecting the ball in at the far post for their first goal. Unfortunately, it sailed just inches out of reach and past the post harmlessly, shutting down the attack for the day.
Bryn Mawr will now regroup and prep for their next contest. The Owls will have a bit of a break, with their next game coming on Saturday, September 19th. Bryn Mawr will host Cedar Crest on Applebee Field that day, with the game set to start at 3:00 PM.