SWARTHMORE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team hit the road earlier Wednesday evening for a matchup of Tri-Co rivals. The Owls faced off against a nationally-ranked Swarthmore squad that at times this year has been featured in the top-10 among Division III teams in the country. Today, Bryn Mawr played a solid defensive game from start to finish, including a very impressive 17-save performance from junior goalkeeper Leah Baer. However, the Garnet showed off just why they are one of the best in the country this year, as Swarthmore put up seven goals on the night in a home win.
Bryn Mawr did a great job fending off Swarthmore's attacks throughout the night, starting with a big save from Baer just half-a-minute into the contest. Baer would make two more big saves in the opening ten minutes of play en route to seven in the first half, and the Owls defense also blocked a shot and cleared out several corner kicks from danger. However, on a night where Swarthmore outshot the Owls 49-0, the Garnet were bound to sneak across a goal or two. The hosts opened the scoring just before the ten-minute mark, as Marin McCoy blasted a shot into the top right corner. McCoy would bag a second goal just over one minute later to make it 2-0 Swarthmore. Bryn Mawr locked back down defensively for the next 20 minutes, but then the Garnet scored three goals in 1:39 to bump their lead out to 5-0.
The Owls continued to fight hard in the second half, and Baer kept her team close with several big saves on her way to a ten-save second half. However, Swarthmore tacked on two more goals in the frame, including a ridiculous blast from Susannah Midla that rocketed unkindly off of the post and into the net to give the hosts the 7-0 win.
The Owls will be right back in action on Saturday as they continue a tough stretch of Centennial Conference games. Bryn Mawr will travel to Lancaster to take on Franklin & Marshall this weekend. Gametime against the Diplomats is set for 3:00 PM.