BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was a stylish send-off for the four seniors of the Bryn Mawr soccer team earlier Saturday afternoon on Applebee Field. The Owls welcomed John Jay to campus for their final contest of 2016, and then promptly beat them up and down the field all day en route to a 4-0 win that easily could have been even worse for the Bloodhounds. Senior Katherine Nickols fittingly tallied the game-winner for Bryn Mawr on the day, while the youth movement of the Owls proved equally as healthy with freshman Emily Elmore tallying a brace herself. Fellow freshman Genevieve Main posted a goal and an assist as well, while Leah Baer made the lone save required to post Bryn Mawr's first shutout of the season.
Bryn Mawr (2-6-1) got off to a fast start, a prelude of what was to come the rest of the afternoon. The Owls got their first shot off the foot of Elmore just over eight minutes into play, and that led to a stretch that gave Bryn Mawr their first goal of the day. A few minutes following her shot, Elmore made a great pass to find Nickols alone in on goal down the center of the field. She was able to fake a shot and dribble past Bloodhounds goalkeeper Kelli Doherty. That left a yawning net for Nickols to try and fire into, and the veteran forward would not miss the opportunity, slotting the ball home to put Bryn Mawr ahead in the 14th minute.
That lead easily could have tripled or quadrupled over the remainder of the first half, as the Owls continually broke John Jay's high-line style of defense for easy breakaway opportunities over the next 30-plus minutes. However, Doherty, easily the player of the game for the Bloodhounds, stymied the Bryn Mawr attack over the rest of the frame. The junior netminder, stranded numerous times alone against an onrushing Owls attacker, came up with four or five great reaction saves to keep the visitors within one. Alexis Boutchie and Elisa Cooney each had some spectacular opportunities saved by Doherty. The Owls did manage to get one more lone shot past their opponent, but Elmore's blast from right near the penalty spot nailed the crossbar, granting the visitors one more reprieve and sending the teams into halftime with Bryn Mawr still leading by just one goal.
Unfortunately for John Jay (6-13), Doherty could only stand on her head for so long. The dam finally broke several more times in the second half as the Owls continually ripped through the Bloodhounds' defense. Elmore got things started just over eight minutes into the frame, as she hit a beautiful one-timer high into the net from the center of the box on a terrific cross by Main from the right side. About eight minutes later, virtually the same exact scene repeated itself. This time, it was Cooney who roared down the right sideline with the ball. She sent another great cross into the box, where Elmore was basically alone in front of the net, and Elmore once again volleyed the ball home to make it 3-0 Bryn Mawr. The Owls would seal the deal with one last goal in the 82nd minute, as this time Main drove down the left side of the field and then cut into the box and fired the ball into the net for the final goal of the contest, giving Bryn Mawr the 4-0 victory on the day.
The win is a terrific way to send out the four Bryn Mawr seniors. Katherine Nickols, Jessica Shill, Odeymarys Garrido, and captain Anna Schoonover each left indelible marks on the program and have certainly left a solid legacy for those following in their footsteps.