BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team was back in action earlier Wednesday afternoon on Applebee Field. The Owls welcomed Centennial Conference opponent Dickinson to town for a mid-week league contest. The Owls posted a beautiful first-half shutout of the Red Devils in the affair, frustrating their opponents with a great defensive performance throughout the afternoon. However, in the second half Dickinson managed to scrape across two goals in a four-minute span en route to a nailbiter of a win. Baer finished with 11 saves on the night, her seventh double-digit save performance of the season.
Baer had to be on her game early, as Dickinson came out of the gates firing. The Red Devils launched their first shot just under ten minutes into the contest, but Baer was able to get on the other end of the effort and make a clean save to open her day. Almost five minutes later, Dickinson nearly opened the scoring, but Sienna Zittle's effort caromed off of the far post and harmlessly away from the goal to keep the game scoreless. In fact, thanks to a tremendously stingy Bryn Mawr defense and several diving efforts from Baer, the contest remained deadlocked at 0-0 through the entire first half. That marked the first time Bryn Mawr has held a Centennial Conference opponent scoreless in a half this season.
The strong defense continued into the second half for the Owls. Baer made another save on a Dickinson shot just twelve seconds in, and that set the tone for most of the remainder of the game. Almost every time Dickinson thought they had a goal, the Owls' junior goalkeeper came out of nowhere to stop the shot, or a Bryn Mawr defender stuck a foot out to make a last-ditch tackle. It was truly a great performance from the entire Owls team. Unfortunately, the deadlock was broken by two goals in four minutes from Dickinson midway through the second half. The first came on a penalty kick, as a late tackle in the box sent the Red Devils' Rachel Lazris to the spot. She sent her shot low and to Baer's left, and though the Owls netminder made a great diving effort towards the ball, it just barely managed to sneak past her mitt and into the goal. Dickinson would double up on their lead just 4:05 later thanks to a goal from Addy Zandi on a partial breakaway. That was the lone scoring of the contest, however, as Bryn Mawr buckled down and held Dickinson scoreless the rest of the way as well.
The Owls will look to keep their tremendous grit and effort going when they get back in action next week. Bryn Mawr will travel to Swarthmore a week from today for a match against their Tri-Co rivals. Gametime against the Garnet in Swarthmore is slated for 5:00 PM.