BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team was back in action on Applebee Field earlier Sunday afternoon taking on a tough College of Mount Saint Vincent squad. After weathering an extremely hot day and a tough opponent in Smith on Saturday, Bryn Mawr looked to rebound against the Dolphins, and nearly were able to pull of the victory. However, two late goals from the visitors gave Mount Saint Vincent a 2-0 win on the day. Catherine Bactat notched her first career start in goal for the Owls and did an impressive job, making six solid saves.
Neither side had any particularly great chances over the opening half hour of play, with each team feeling the other out and probing for weaknesses. Finally, it was Mount Saint Vincent (2-1) who came through with two good efforts within minutes of each other. First, it was a shot by Alicia Forgione that crossed in front of the goal and rang off the left post. Just minutes later came almost an exact replica, this time with Kelly Gibison's effort rocketing off the upper left 90 and back into play. Bryn Mawr (1-2-1) did a great job of maintaining their defensive shape and pressuring the Dolphins into turnovers throughout the half, though, and slowly the Owls started to gain more possession.
Finally came the first good chance for Bryn Mawr in the game, and it certainly was a golden opportunity. After attacking down the left side of the field, the Owls worked the ball inside the box and found the feet of Genevieve Main. The freshman did a great job of controlling the ball and dancing past a few Dolphins defenders, with one finally hacking her to the ground inside the penalty area. The referee immediately whistled and pointed to the spot, awarding Bryn Mawr their second penalty kick in just four games. After converting their first opportunity in the Owls' win against Cabrini, Katherine Nickols stepped up to take her second penalty kick of the year. She chose a similar shot as her first effort, going for straight up the middle with pace. However, this time the senior had a little too much height on the effort, as it screamed off the crossbar and high into the air. She tried to get a header off back on goal, but Mount Saint Vincent's Elizabeth Martin was able to punch the ball away from harm and end the Bryn Mawr attack. With that, the two sides headed to halftime tied at 0-0.
After the halftime break, it was the Dolphins who came out on the front foot, and that benefitted them right off the bat. Just three minutes into the period, Mount Saint Vincent earned a penalty kick of their own thanks to an unlucky handball in the Bryn Mawr box by a defender. Julia McGowan took the penalty kick for the Dolphins, and their leading scorer didn't waste the opportunity, firing into the netting past Bactat to put the visitors up 1-0. Bryn Mawr looked to battle back from the tough deficit, and did have some opportunities. The Owls earned two corner kicks around the 64 minute mark, and despite great services from Fiona Steele and Elisa Cooney, the hosts were unable to get the last touch towards goal on the ball. Later, a shot by Cooney was sent in on goal, but Martin scooped up the effort to preserve her clean sheet. That ended the Owls final chance of the game, and the Dolphins tacked on an insurance goal with 10 minutes left to play to escape Applebee Field with a 2-0 win.
Bryn Mawr now gets some much-needed rest over the next week, as the Owls are not in action again until Tuesday, September 20th. The team will travel to Neumann for their first road game of the season. They'll face a tough opponent in the Knights, who are 2-2 to start their season. However, they too lost both games this weekend to shared opponents Smith and Mount Saint Vincent. Tuesday's contest has all the makings of a barnburner, and it's slated to start at 7:00 PM in Aston.