BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team kicked off a two-game season-ending homestand earlier Wednesday afternoon on Applebee Field with a matchup against Haverford. The Owls came out of the gate strong in today's contest, limiting Haverford's chances and doing a great job probing into the attacking end looking for a goal. However, as the game went on the Fords took more and more control over affairs, ultimately using three goals in each half to claim a 6-0 victory. Grace Morris had the Owls' lone shot on the day, while Roxy Vassighi and Alissa Valentine each tallied two goals to lead the visitors.
Both sides opened the game in a somewhat tentative fashion, with the ball seemingly stuck in the midfield for the first ten minutes of play. It was the Owls who had the first good offensive opportunity of the game, earning a penalty corner after driving the ball into the circle and drawing a foul. Lydia Fisher sent in a good pass, but Bryn Mawr was unable to generate any shots off of the effort, and the Fords managed to clear the ball the other way. They in turn were able to earn a penalty corner of their own, and over the next few minutes, Haverford ripped off several shots. However, Bryn Mawr's defenders did a good job keeping those efforts coming from long distance, and most of the Fords' shots were blocked or sent wide. However, the visitors would continue their attack, and that pressure paid off with the first goal of the game 22 minutes in. Off a penalty corner, Haverford managed to find Valentine on the side of the cage, and she sent a shot into the bottom right corner to put the visitors up 1-0. The Fords would increase their advantage with two more goals in the last five minutes of play in the half, including a back-breaking tally by Paige Powell with just nine seconds left to go in the frame.
Bryn Mawr looked to regroup and come back out with some intensity in the second half, but an early goal from the Fords dampened any hopes of a comeback from the Owls. Vassighi netted her third goal of the season just 4:55 into the second half to put Haverford up 4-0, and the visitors never looked back. The Owls tried to chip into their deficit, and Grace Morris had the best chance for Bryn Mawr to do so in the 44th minute. However, her shot off of a penalty corner was saved by Haverford's Danielle Rette, and that closed the book on Bryn Mawr's offensive opportunities on the day. Ultimately, the Fords tallied twice more before time expired, giving Haverford the 6-0 win on the day.
The Owls will now look forward to their one remaining contest on the schedule, Saturday's tilt against Ursinus. Bryn Mawr will be celebrating Homecoming all of Saturday, and the Owls field hockey team would surely like to contribute to the festive spirit with a big performance against the Bears. The Owls will be the first varsity team in action on Saturday, as their faceoff with Ursinus is slated to start at 11:00 AM.