Owls Shut Out at Moravian

Owls Shut Out at Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr soccer squad saw their two-game win streak come to an end earlier Thursday afternoon due to a tough loss on the road at Moravian. The Owls once again suffered both an early goal against and a very late insurance goal to fall to the Greyhounds by a 2-0 scoreline. The hosts outshot the Yellow and Black 22-2 en route to the win.

Moravian (4-2) registered their first shot of the game just 1:33 into the affair, forcing junior goalkeeper Aviva Kosansky to make her first of ten solid saves on the afternoon. That mark is a career high for saves in a single game for Kosansky. However, the Greyhounds would still find the back of the net just five minutes later. Moravian midfielder Melissa Pavin took a wonderful one-timer off of a cross from Brittany Nicoline, giving Kosansky no time to react and putting the hosts up 1-0.

Bryn Mawr (3-4, 0-1 Centennial) rebounded from that early setback well, with Caitlin Homstad getting the Owls first shot off on the very next play. However, the ball sailed just high of the cage, handing Moravian a reprieve and keeping their 1-0 lead intact. Bryn Mawr had to weather eight more shots and four corners from the Greyhounds to get out of the half, and they managed to do so without allowing another goal thanks to a career game from Kosansky. The second half, unfortunately, was more of the same for the Owls. Pinned in their own end for a majority of the time, Bryn Mawr was forced to look for counterattacking opportunities against Moravian, and they finally got one in the 74th minute. Still just trailing by a goal, the Yellow and Black broke out of their end with possession and worked their way upfield. The ball made its way to the feet of Alice Bell, a good option as she currently is tied for the team lead in goals. The junior midfielder placed a well-struck shot towards the frame, but Moravian goalkeeper Jacqueline Zalis made a great save to preserve the hosts' lead.

That opportunity would be as close as the Owls would get, as just minutes later, Moravian sealed the deal with a late insurance goal. It was Pavia who was once again involved, this time as the creator. She sent a ball to Kristen Schall, who got a good angle on the net from just inside the goal box and tapped the ball past Kosansky for the 2-0 lead. Bryn Mawr was unable to create any further opportunities late, and the Owls headed home as victims of a hard-fought 0-2 loss.

Bryn Mawr will get a rare fall weekend off this weekend, with their next game coming a week from today. After six days to rest, recover, and continue to build, the Owls will host newly-renamed University of Valley Forge. The Patriots, formerly known as Valley Forge Christian College, are currently stuck in an eight game losing streak, and will have three more games between now and the Bryn Mawr game. The two teams will face off next Thursday, September 25th at 4:00 PM on Applebee Field.