Owls Nearly Earn Second Victory, Have to Settle for Draw Against Goucher

Owls Nearly Earn Second Victory, Have to Settle for Draw Against Goucher

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team hit the turf on Applebee Field once again Sunday afternoon, this time looking for their second win in as many games. After toppling Cabrini to open the season on Thursday, the Owls hosted Goucher in what ended up being a midfield-heavy slugfest. Katherine Nickols tallied a beautiful goal midway through the second half to put the hosts on top, but a late equalizer from the Gophers forced both sides to take home a 1-1 draw.

Neither side saw many chances in the opening 45 minutes of play. Goucher got off four shots in the period, but none were particularly threatening, and Owls goalkeeper Leah Baer was in great position to stop anything she faced. On the other end, Elisa Cooney and Fiona Steele had the lone chances for Bryn Mawr, but once again nothing dangerous came from those chances and the teams headed to halftime scoreless.

The major action in the contest came as the second half carried on. Goucher got off two shots in the opening four minutes of play, but once again Baer was able to keep her clean sheet. Then it was the Owls turn to wreak some havoc, and those efforts paid off on Bryn Mawr's first shot of the half.

The Owls worked the ball into the attacking third and found freshman Genavieve Main flying down the right side. Main was able to get past her defender and then made a great move to gain some space cutting towards the box. She then fired a cross into the top of the penalty area and found a waiting Nickols. The senior forward chested the ball down to her feet beautifully and was able to turn and take a touch. That set her up perfectly for a shot, which she fired into the left side of the net past Gophers goalkeeper to give Bryn Mawr a 1-0 lead.

It appeared as if the Owls were going to earn their second victory of the season with that goal, but the Gophers had other ideas. With time winding down and the visitors pressing, Goucher finally broke through with the tying goal off the foot of Sasha Jimenez. The Gophers player took a pass from the right and found herself breaking into the top of the Owls box one-on-one with Baer. The Owls goalkeeper made a great diving effort to stop the shot, but it went just past her outstretched hands and into the net to tie things back up at 1-1 with just 1:45 left to play. Neither side was able to get any good attack going in either overtime period, putting the final touches on the 1-1 draw.

Baer made four saves for the Owls on the day in a strong performance in net. Five different Owls registered shots, as the team spread the ball well and maintained great spacing throughout the day. Goucher tallied 12 shots on the day, led by three each from Jimenez and Camryn Mackey.

Bryn Mawr will look to continue their strong start to 2016 when they get back on the field next weekend. The Owls will keep their homestand rolling on Saturday with a contest against Smith College, with kickoff set for 1:00 PM on Applebee Field.