Lancaster, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr soccer team came up with a win for the ages earlier Saturday afternoon at Franklin & Marshall. With time winding down in a scoreless game, junior forward Alexandra Wiegel slipped a beautiful first-time strike into the net, giving Bryn Mawr a thrilling 1-0 victory. The win is the first for the Owls in their last twenty opportunities against the Dips, having not defeated F&M since their 3-0 win in Lancaster to close out the 1994 season. It is also the first Centennial Conference victory for Bryn Mawr since September 22, 2012.
Bryn Mawr (5-6, 1-3 Cent.) had to weather an early storm from the Diplomats (1-8, 0-3 Cent.), who actually outshot the Owls by an 11-5 margin. F&M registered their first shot just 4:39 into the match, and then Owls goalkeeper Aviva Kosansky made her first of five saves on the day just under a minute later to keep the match scoreless early. Bryn Mawr got their first shot a few minutes later via Katherine Nickols, but the Dips managed to block the effort. Over the rest of the half, both sides managed to record several more shots and numerous corner kicks. However, neither team was able to capitalize on those opportunities, and the game remained scoreless into the second half.
Kosansky was once again called on to make solid saves early to keep the Dips off the scoreboard. In almost a replay of the first half, it was Nickols who got Bryn Mawr's first shot of the half after Franklin & Marshall's early flurry. Both sides seemed to settle down after that early action, and as the contest headed into the final minutes, the game seemed headed for extra time. However, that all changed in the 86th minute. Bryn Mawr brought the ball down the field, where it worked its way to the right side and onto the foot of Caitlin Homstad. The junior defender whipped a cross into the box, where Wiegel had gone on a perfect run. The junior managed to get a foot on the ball, volleying it past F&M goalkeeper Shannon Johnson-Finn and into the netting to give Bryn Mawr a 1-0 lead. All that remained was for the Owls to run out the final few minutes and they were rewarded with the victory.
With the win, Bryn Mawr gets within one game of .500 at 5-6 on the season. They also move to 1-3 in the Centennial Conference, sending them past three other teams in the league. The team will be looking to build a win streak when they get back on the pitch next Saturday. However, the Owls will face a challenging opponent on Applebee Field, as they host league-leaders Dickinson. The Red Devils currently own a 9-1 overall record and are undefeated in conference play to this point in the season. Game time is set for 1:00 PM on the Bryn Mawr campus.