BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team got back on the turf on Applebee Field earlier Saturday afternoon to take on McDaniel College. Despite a good effort from the Owls defense and a big goal from Emily Elmore, it was the Green Terror who ended up coming away with an 8-1 win on the day. Leah Baer made 14 saves on the day, several of which were quite spectacular. Kathryn Dixon paced McDaniel with two goals on four shots on the afternoon.
Both sides came into today's contest looking to shake off tough losses from Wednesday, as Bryn Mawr fell to Muhlenberg 5-0 and McDaniel took a difficult 2-1 loss in overtime at Franklin & Marshall. Ultimately, it was the Green Terror who got off to a hot start in today's game, scoring the opening goal just 1:21 into play. Katie Kirshcenmann managed to take a pass from Allie Titus on the right side and sneak a shot past a diving Baer and into the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. McDaniel ended up scoring two more goals in the first 20 minutes of play to jump out to a 3-0 advantage.
After falling behind early, many teams would have folded immediately and given up hope, but the Owls kept pressing. The defense regrouped and began to shut down the McDaniel attack, and Bryn Mawr started to probe their way into the offensive side of the field as well. That attacking pressure paid off in the 20th minute, as Elmore made some great moves between defenders inside the penalty box. One of those defenders tripped the sophomore midfield up, causing her to fall and drawing a whistle from the head referee. That foul in the penalty area awarded Bryn Mawr a penalty kick, with Elmore stepping up to take the opportunity. The Oregon native calmly powered her foot through the ball and put a shot high into the net past the keeper for a Bryn Mawr goal. That goal was the first for Bryn Mawr against McDaniel since the 2012 season, and it drew the Owls within two with plenty of time remaining in the contest.
Unfortunately for the Owls, McDaniel regained control of the contest from there and never looked back. The visitors scored twice more in the first half to take a 5-1 lead to the break, and then the Green Terror tallied three more goals in the second half. Ultimately, despite a strong effort from the Owls defense and Baer's 14-save performance, McDaniel walked away with an 8-1 win on the day.
Bryn Mawr will look to rebound from today's tough loss when they get back in action next week. The Owls will play their second straight home game next week when they host Dickinson College. Gametime for Bryn Mawr against the Red Devils is set for 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 11th.