Bryn Mawr Defense Stays Strong Against Mules in Tough Loss

Bryn Mawr Defense Stays Strong Against Mules in Tough Loss

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Bryn Mawr hit the road Wednesday night for a Centennial Conference contest at Muhlenberg. The Owls faced off against a plucky Mules squad who turned out to be better than their 2-5-2 record would give them credit for. Despite a solid effort by Bryn Mawr, including a defense that buckled down to allow the third-fewest goals in a game this season, Muhlenberg ultimately was able to come away with a victory on the night. Leah Baer made 12 saves on the night for Bryn Mawr in goal. The Mules were led by a two-goal night from Alyssa Rose.

The hosts were on the attack from the start of tonight's contest, as they peppered the Bryn Mawr box with plenty of crosses and shots. Many of those initial efforts went high or wide, and Baer was able to get in front of the five shots that did make it on goal in the opening twenty minutes of play. However, all that pressure from the Mules finally found a crack, and Muhlenberg managed to get out in front 1-0 thanks to a 30th minute goal from Carly DeNigris. That seemed to momentarily open the floodgates for the hosts, as Muhlenberg scored twice more in the next five minutes of play to vault ahead 3-0.

Putting that bad five-minute stretch behind them, the Owls defense locked things back down for the remainder of the first half and almost the entire second as well. In fact, Bryn Mawr and Baer kept Muhlenberg from scoring another goal in the run of play for the rest of the game. Unfortunately, the Owls also committed two fouls inside their own box, leading to two penalty shots for the Mules. Rose would be the one to step up and take both of those efforts, and the sophomore converted both times to give Muhlenberg their 5-0 lead. Bryn Mawr's lone offensive opportunity of the game also came in the second half off the foot of senior Kara Breeden. However, the veteran defender's effort went just wide, and with that, the Owls were forced to settle for the tough 5-0 loss.

Bryn Mawr won't get much of a break from this tough stretch in their schedule, as the team will be right back in action this weekend. The Owls return home to take on McDaniel College on Saturday in what has become a bitter rivalry over the years. This year's contest is sure to be an especially difficult ask for Bryn Mawr, as McDaniel is off to a very impressive 8-3 start. That includes going 4-1 so far in league play with a win over Swarthmore, who was ranked 6th in the country at the time. The Owls will be looking to upset the apple cart when the two teams face off on Saturday, with gametime slated for 12:00 noon.