BRONX, N.Y. - Bryn Mawr hit the Big Apple earlier Saturday afternoon for another road non-conference contest. The Owls traveled up to the Bronx to take on Lehman College in what was the first meeting between these two programs in history. Both sides showcased strong goalkeeping and defensive play throughout the contest, and the Owls also had the offense going as well. Bryn Mawr totalled 11 shots in the game, their highest output so far this season. Unfortunately for the Owls, none of those efforts found the back of the net, and it was the Lightning who were able to make a first-half goal stand up the whole way to claim a 1-0 win on the day.
The Owls carried play much of the day, and that started just a few minutes into the action. Genevieve Main tallied the Owls first shot of the day in the tenth minute, and it was a good one on goal. However, Lehman's Rebecca Gritz was up to the task and made a solid stop to keep Bryn Mawr off the board. Bryn Mawr goalkeeper Leah Baer proved her mettle as well, as Lehman turned right around the other way and registered two shots of their own. Baer stepped up and made several key saves over that stretch to keep the Lightning off the board, including a solid stop of a difficult header shot by Melanie Siranaula.
Despite Baer's best efforts, the Lightning finally struck in the 24th minute of play. Pamela Sanchez played a ball into the box from the left side, where she found a waiting Daisy Gomez. The senior forward knew exactly what to do with the ball, ripping a shot to the right and sneaking it just past Baer and inside the post to make it 1-0 Lehman.
Bryn Mawr showed great resiliency in response to that early deficit, as the Owls offense immediately started getting good looks at the net. Just moments after the goal, Izzy Finkler fired a shot on the goal that forced Gritz into another strong save. A few minutes later, senior Kara Breeden would get two great looks on goal of her own. However, once again Gritz managed to do just enough to keep the shots out and keep Bryn Mawr off the board.
As the teams played through the second half, it became evident that Bryn Mawr was far likelier to equalize than Lehman would be to add another goal. The Owls constantly kept the pressure up in search of a game-tying goal throughout the frame. Breeden ripped another shot from distance that just squeaked over the crossbar. A few minutes later, Emily Elmore nailed a shot on goal that forced Gritz to make a spectacular effort just to push the ball wide and over the endline. That ended up granting the Owls a corner, which kept the pressure on Lehman and eventually resulted in another Bryn Mawr shot. This time, it was Finkler once more on the attacking end, putting another shot on cage that forced Gritz into a save. The Owls' final good look at an equalizer came in the 77th minute, when Marita Ferriera let loose another great shot on goal. However, Gritz managed to make one last key save, and Lehman was able to hang on over the final 13 minutes to cling to the 1-0 victory.
After what can only be described as an incredibly positive performance by the Owls, Bryn Mawr will be right back in action in the middle of next week for another road contest. This time, Bryn Mawr won't have nearly as far to travel, as the Owls will head just down to Chester to take on Widener. That game is set to take place at 5:00 PM, and you can follow all the action live right here at GoBrynMawr.com.