BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team earned another big win this season, putting in a dominating performance en route to a 2-0 win over visiting Cairn University. The Owls got goals from Veronica Roux and Alexandra Wiegel, and the defense pitched a shutout to help propel the hosts to victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Paugh made ten saves in a solid performance for the visiting Highlanders.
Bryn Mawr (2-5) controlled today's contest from the start, with their first shot coming just five minutes into play. Roux picked up a loose ball at the top of the penalty box and fired a shot towards the goal that forced Paugh into a making a great diving save early on. Cairn (2-5) worked their way down the field on a quick counterattack after that, but their lone goal of the half sailed high over the bar. From that point on, it was again all Bryn Mawr. Roux forced another save by Paugh with a similar attempt to her first, and then Madeleine Mark got in on the action with a fantastic effort from distance. Her shot from 20 yards out on the right sideline sailed across the box and towards the far post, and only another good save from Paugh to force the ball wide prevented the first goal of the game.
That goal was coming for Bryn Mawr, however. The Owls kept pressing and pressing, and finally in the 33rd minute, the dam broke. After a foul on the left side, Katherine Nickols stepped over the ball to take the free kick. With the ball sitting just outside the penalty box at the top corner, she whipped a high ball across the face of goal and towards the back post. Several players fought to try and meet the ball, but Roux rose above all the rest and headed the ball just inside the post to slide the Owls in front 1-0.
The second half was a virtual replay of the first, with the Owls controlling play for most of the period. However, the Cairn defense did a solid job of hanging with the hosts, forcing most of their shots to come from distance and clearing the rest away. At the same time, Bryn Mawr continued to dominate possession, with the Highlanders only tallying one more shot that sailed over the crossbar the rest of the game. Finally, with less than a minute left on the clock, another long cross came into the box. Paugh leapt out of the net to come and catch the ball in the air, but it took a bad bounce off of her arms and tumbled away to the ground. The visiting goalkeeper dove to try and recollect the ball, but Wiegel got their first for Bryn Mawr. She took a touch away from the keeper and fired the ball into the net to double the advantage and hand the Owls their 2-0 victory.
The win gives Bryn Mawr great momentum headed into the start of conference play. The Owls will kick off their Centennial Conference slate this Saturday as they play host to McDaniel College on Applebee Field. The Green Terror have an unblemished 7-0 record so far this year and have outscored opponents 35-4. The Owls will look to put a stop to that streak when Saturday's game kicks off at 1:00 PM.