Bryn Mawr, Pa. – It was a cold and rainy afternoon on Applebee Field for the Bryn Mawr soccer team's final contest of 2014 earlier Wednesday, as the Owls played host to tri-co rival Swarthmore. There were some bright spots for Bryn Mawr throughout the day, but ultimately the Garnet were able to hang on for a crucial 7-1 victory in their hunt for a postseason berth. Senior Marian Slocum scored one final goal in her illustrious Owls career during the match, while junior goalkeeper Aviva Kosansky wrapped up a successful season of her own with a seven-save performance.
Swarthmore (10-6, 5-4 Cent.) jumped out in front very early in today's contest and would not look back. The Garnet scored five times in the opening half, with their first goal coming just past the 15-minute mark. The Owls defense had done a tremendous job of keeping a clean sheet to that point, pinned in their own end for much of the match. Kosansky assisted in that effort with two incredible sprawling one-handed saves to stop Swarthmore mini-breakaways. However, the Garnet finally broke through thanks to a great cut-back pass from Emma Sindelar to find Hannah Lichtenstein in space in the center of the box for a goal inside the left post. With the floodgates now opened, there was little Bryn Mawr could do to slow the Garnet tide, as the visitors got four more goals in just over a ten-minute span to put the game out of reach.
The Owls (5-11-1, 1-8-1 Cent.) did manage to get on the scoreboard and break a long goalless streak with a solid individual play by Slocum. With the ball bouncing around on the right side of the box, freshman Fiona Steele managed to get control briefly and tap a pass across to the center of the area where Slocum awaited. The senior defender took a dribble back to the right where the pass came from and stepped as if to take a shot. The Garnet defender bit on the tremendous fake, giving Slocum all kinds of time and space to cut back to her left. With one deft dribble, she planted and drilled a left-footed shot into the netting to get the Owls on the scoreboard one last time in 2014.
With the loss, Bryn Mawr closes their season at a 5-11-1 mark with 17 goals scored on the year. That is a big step in the right direction after going 2-15 with just four goals last season. The Owls also earned their first Centennial Conference victory in two seasons earlier this year with a fantastic victory on the road at Franklin & Marshall.