BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team continued to show their huge strides when they took the field Sunday afternoon for their home-opener. The Owls played a great team game all-around with solid defense acting as the anchor and catalyst for the rest of their play. Unfortunately, Bryn Mawr was unable to tally a goal on the day against visiting Virginia Wesleyan, and it was the Marlins who were able to escape Applebee Field with a slim 1-0 win.
The Owls tallied more penalty corners (7) than their opponents on the day, something that has not happened in quite a while for Bryn Mawr. Today's contest is also the first time in roughly two years that they Owls have held a team to one goal or less, with that feat last occurring in Bryn Mawr's 3-0 win over Bay Path in the 2014 season. Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, that one goal today was all the Marlins would need. It came with just six minutes left to go in the first half, as Virginia Wesleyan's Cori Jackson jumped on a loose ball at the top of the circle. She was then able to fire the ball past Bryn Mawr goalkeeper Angela Meng, who had a strong six-save game on the day. The ball flew just to Meng's left and inside the post to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Bryn Mawr did a fantastic job continuing to battle throughout the second half, and they registered four corners and four shots in the frame looking for the tying goal. Perhaps the Owls' best chance came with less than eight minutes to go in the contest. Bryn Mawr ran a great play on a penalty corner, freeing Emma Hicks on the left wing for a wide open shot from distance. The well-aimed shot found its way through the mass of humanity at the front of the cage and was right on target, but the Marlins' Skye Swain did a great job tracking the shot and jumping in front to make a great save. Mary Cugini had the last good chance for Bryn Mawr as she ripped a shot with less than three minutes to play, but once again Swain made the save and preserved the shutout.
The Owls will look to keep the positive momentum rolling into next weekend when they hit the field again. Bryn Mawr starts a three-game road trip next weekend with back-to-back games, first taking on Eastern Mennonite at Wilson College on Saturday. That contest is slated to start at 1:00 PM. Then, the Owls will be right back in action on Sunday with a game against the Phoenix of Wilson, also set to start at 1:00 PM.