Haverford, Pa. – Bryn Mawr's soccer squad played their final game away from home earlier this afternoon when they took on the Fords of Haverford College. Unfortunately, that final road contest left a bad taste in the Owls' mouths, as the hosts kept Bryn Mawr's potent offense in check while scoring five goals of their own to take a 5-0 victory. Four different players tallied shots for the Owls, and goalkeeper Aviva Kosansky did a solid job protecting the net with 11 saves on the afternoon.
The Owls (5-9-1, 1-6-1 Cent.) got things going early, taking most of their shots inside the first 25 minutes of play. Caitlin Homstad was the first Bryn Mawr player to get a crack at goal, but her shot in the ninth minute sailed just high of the Fords cage. Then, in the 26th minute, it was Allegra Levy who found herself with the ball in space. She managed to get a shot away, but it was blocked by the Fords defense. One minute later, senior defender Marian Slocum got the Owls first shot on goal, but Haverford goalkeeper Robin Chernow was equal to the task and made a solid save to keep the game scoreless. That helped give the Fords (6-6-2, 2-5 Cent.) all the momentum they needed, as just a few minutes later the hosts would take the lead with the opening goal. On a corner kick from Kristin Hasselgren, it was Safiyah Riddle who pounced on a loose ball, sending it into the netting to give the Fords a 1-0 lead midway through the first half.
The Owls looked for an immediate response after that setback, and they nearly got it just over four minutes later. Sophomore forward Madeleine Mark managed to get the ball at her feet and send a solid strike on the Fords cage. However, once again Chernow was there to make the save and preserve the shutout. Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, that would be their final chance of the contest. The Fords would go on to score four more times, including two second-half goals from Michelle Babicz, to claim the 5-0 victory over the Owls.
Bryn Mawr will now get a two-day break before beginning a two-game season-closing homestand on Saturday. The Owls will play host to the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins, currently the top team in the Centennial Conference and ranked sixth nationally among all Division III schools. Bryn Mawr will be forced to be at the top of their game when Hopkins comes to town on the 25th, but make no mistake; it is a contest the Owls have been looking forward to all season. Things get underway at 1:00 PM on Applebee Field on the Bryn Mawr campus.