Bryn Mawr, Pa. – Facing a nearly-undefeated opponent on a cold and rainy Applebee Field earlier Saturday afternoon, some may have expected the Bryn Mawr soccer squad to give up early on. Those people would have been wrong; although the Owls fell to Dickinson in the end, Bryn Mawr carried play for most of the contest, allowing just two goals against the run of play. The Owls took five shots on the day, while goalkeeper Aviva Kosansky made four saves in the 2-0 loss.
Dickinson (10-1-1, 4-0-1 Cent.) managed to get on the board early against the Owls thanks to a goal in the 12th minute. On their second shot of the game, Kosansky came up with a huge save, parrying a ball away from danger. However, the rebound fell kindly for Dickinson's Bridgette Corbran, and she slotted the ball into the left side of the net to put the visitors up 1-0 early on. From that point, however, Bryn Mawr (5-7, 1-4 Cent.) managed to keep the Red Devils off the scoreboard the rest of the half by defending with a solid shape and maintaining possession of the ball for a good portion of play. Right after the goal, Fiona Steele nearly drew the Owls back even with a shot of her own, but Red Devils goalkeeper Charlotte Armour made a great save to preserve the Dickinson lead. Later on, Marcela Dorfsman-Hopkins got another chance for the Owls, but her shot fizzled just high over the cage, and as the half ended Dickinson still held a 1-0 advantage.
It was once again another early goal in the half that proved to be the only scoring of the frame. This time, it was Dickinson's Hannah Matlack who deserved all the credit, as the defender used some very solid dribbling and ball control to move through the Bryn Mawr midfield and into the penalty area. She then slotted a pass across the goal to Nicole Fronsdahl, who put the ball into the left center of the net for Dickinson's lone insurance goal of the game.
As the second half progressed, Bryn Mawr once again carried most of the possession. In the final ten minutes, the Owls got two great looks on goal, but both chances unfortunately sailed either high or wide, and Dickinson took the 2-0 victory with the sounding of the final horn.
Bryn Mawr moves to 5-7 on the season with the result, but they'll be right back in action in the middle of next week looking to get back in the win column. The Owls will play host to the Shorewomen of Washington College on Applebee Field. Washington is just 3-7-1 on the year, and they are still looking for their first conference victory of the season with an 0-4 record. Game time is set for 4:00 PM on the Bryn Mawr campus.