BALTIMORE, Md. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team was back in action Sunday for their first Centennial Conference match of the season, and it was certainly a tough test right out of the gate for the Owls. Bryn Mawr traveled down to Maryland to take on Johns Hopkins, who is ranked ninth in the nation in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Division III poll. The Blue Jays showed just why they earned those top-ten votes, as despite Bryn Mawr's solid defending and effort, the hosts put up nine goals in the contest en route to a victory.
Bryn Mawr did a good job weathering the early storm in the opening minutes of play, as Johns Hopkins held most of the possession, but the Owls defended well as a team and kept the Blue Jays from finding a way through. However, the Blue Jays finally did crack the seal on the goal in the tenth minute of play, as Kristen Hori tallied an unassisted goal to put the hosts on top. Ultimately that would prove to be the game winner as well, as Johns Hopkins simply controlled possession nearly the entire game. Bryn Mawr was on the back foot and had to defend for a majority of the time, and even when the Owls were able to gain possession, Johns Hopkins kept them from registering a single shot. In the end, the Blue Jays would score three more times in the first half and five in the second for the 9-0 win. Leah Baer and Carlie Hansen combined for seven saves in goal for Bryn Mawr in the tough loss.
Despite the tough loss, the Owls are certainly becoming a resilient unit under head coach Paul Stinson's direction, and they will have a chance to get right back on the horse in their next game. Bryn Mawr will have plenty of time to recover from their arduous season-opening road trip over the next week, as the Owls won't be back in action until next Tuesday, September 26th. The team will welcome Washington College to Applebee Field that day for their first home game of the season, with kickoff slated for 4:00 PM.