Collegeville, Pa. – The Owls soccer squad headed to Ursinus earlier Wednesday evening for another Centennial Conference tilt. The Bears, who were undefeated in conference play before tonight, shut down the Bryn Mawr offense thanks in most part to overwhelming control of the ball. Ursinus tallied 28 shots in the contest en route to a 3-0 victory.
The Owls (4-6, 0-3 Cent.) actually had a decent start to tonight's game, as the team registered their first shot on goal just seven minutes into play. Sophomore forward Madeleine Mark managed to direct a shot on goal for Bryn Mawr, but Ursinus keeper Courtney Sullivan was up to the early challenge and made the save to keep things scoreless. That save would prove valuable, as the Bears (4-4-1, 2-0-1 Cent.) would hit pay dirt just ten minutes later to take a 1-0 lead in the contest. After having a shot blocked by the solid Bryn Mawr defense, Ursinus was awarded a corner kick that was taken by Valerie Bedrock. The senior forward whipped in a cross that was headed right for the goal box and a mass of players, forcing Owls goalkeeper Aviva Kosansky to come off her line and end the threat. Somehow among the group of bodies, the ball was jostled off Kosansky's hands and into the net, just one more in yet another set of highly unfortunate goals the Owls have seen go against them this season.
Unfortunately, that fluke goal would prove to be the game-winner as well, as Bryn Mawr simply was unable to generate much in the way of an attack on the evening. Owls midfielder Allegra Levy registered the next shot for Bryn Mawr in an effort to answer back after the Ursinus goal, but once again Sullivan made the save to preserve Ursinus' lead. Then it was Marcela Dorfsman-Hopkins' turn, and the second leading goalscorer on the squad finally got a ball past Sullivan. However, it snapped off the crossbar and rebounded away from the goal, again continuing the streak of bad luck for Bryn Mawr. Moments later Ursinus would get their first insurance goal when Erin Farrell sent a cross from the right side into the box for Alexis Haug, who finished to make it 2-0 in favor of the hosts. The Owls would not register another shot in the game, and Ursinus would net a third goal with just four minutes to play to ice things out.
Kosansky registered 12 saves on the evening in goal for Bryn Mawr, a new career high for the junior. With the loss, the Owls slip to 4-6 on the season and 0-3 in conference play. They'll be right back in action on Sunday as they travel to Franklin & Marshall. The Dips have also stumbled out of the gate, as they are sitting on a 1-7 overall and 0-2 conference record and have scored just two goals all season. The Owls will certainly want to take advantage of the opportunity that game presents, with game time set for 1:00 PM on the Franklin & Marshall campus.