Towson, Md. – The Bryn Mawr soccer squad did a solid job of shutting down 15 of the 16 players they faced earlier Saturday afternoon. The one they could not handle did plenty of damage on her own however, as Goucher defeated the Owls 2-0 thanks to a pair of goals from Lindsey Puopolo.
Goucher (2-0-1) got off to a hot start, scoring on the first recorded "play" of the game. Just 3:08 into the first half, Brooke Merchant slotted a pass to Puopolo, who promptly let loose a curling shot. The ball sailed just out of the reach of Bryn Mawr goalkeeper Aviva Kosansky and into the back of the net to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead. Try as they might, the Owls (1-2) simply were unable to break into the offensive zone much in the first half. The defense, however, did a solid job of limiting Goucher's offensive chances. Kosansky came up big with her lone save of the game in the 37th minute when Puopolo attempted to blast another shot past her. The Yellow and White registered two shots in the half, but the first was blocked and the second sailed wide, and the teams headed into halftime with the score sitting at 1-0.
The Owls did a much better job opening up the second half, and were still right in the match after the first 25 minutes. However, Puopolo erased any ideas of a comeback when she tallied her second goal of the game in the 70th minute. After Bryn Mawr had pressed up the field looking to attack, the Gophers defense managed to force the Owls into a turnover, and Puopolo ended up with a breakaway in on goal. Kosansky did her best to come off the line and cut off the angle, but Puopolo deftly chipped the ball over the keeper's dive and into the net to make it a 2-0 game.
Bryn Mawr tried to get back into the match over the final moments, and had a great opportunity in the 81st minute. With possession deep in the final third of the field, the ball found its way to the feet of Marian Slocum. The senior defender laced a shot on goal, but Goucher keeper Lexi Rudolph came up with her only save of the afternoon to preserve the shutout and give the Owls their second loss off the season.
Bryn Mawr will look to rebound from today's tough effort when they get back in action on Applebee Field this Thursday. The Owls will open their conference season with an early-September Centennial matchup against Muhlenberg. Game time is set for 4:00 PM on the beautiful Bryn Mawr campus.