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Owls Lock Down Muhlenberg in Low-Scoring Affair

Leah Baer plays against Muhlenberg in October 2018

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team flipped the calendar to October earlier Tuesday afternoon, with the Owls taking on Muhlenberg at home on Applebee Field. It was an awesome performance by the Bryn Mawr defense and goalkeeper Leah Baer. The Owls consistently played the offside trap to perfection, the Bryn Mawr defense did a great job of shutting down Muhlenberg attacks, and Baer made a season-high 13 saves in a strong effort in goal. Unfortunately, Muhlenberg was able to keep the Owls pinned in their own end for long stretches of the game, keeping Bryn Mawr off the board in the contest. Meanwhile, the Mules were able to scratch across two goals on counterattacks to ultimately claim a 2-0 win on the day.

Muhlenberg was on the attack from the beginning of the contest, registering a corner kick and seven shots in the first fifteen minutes of action. Baer made three strong saves and the Owls defense did a great job keeping the other efforts coming from a comfortable distance, but it was on that seventh effort that the Mules would strike. After an Owls turnover in the midfield, the Mules worked the ball back down the right side. Makenzie O'Brien raced down the right and into the penalty area at the endline, then cut a pass back into the middle of the box. Mia Mulin was the first one to get a foot on the ball, and she was able to one-time a shot right into the back of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Bryn Mawr tried to generate a breakout and get some offense going, but the Mules held the Owls shotless for the first half and deep into the second. Baer and the Owls defense continued to play at a very high level in the back, but the Mules pressure and constant possession finally paid off for an insurance goal just over ten minutes into the second half. Once again it came off of a turnover and cross into the box from the right side, with O'Brien quarterbacking the attack and goal once more. The Owls were able to work the ball up the field a bit more as the second half went on, looking for a response. Elizabeth Kiely and Alexis Boutchie each tallied shots for Bryn Mawr, but both efforts went just high and wide, and they proved to be the lone shots for the Owls in the game.

It was another positive result for the Owls despite the final scoreline. The team will try to continue to build off today's solid defending and try and spark the offense when they get back in action this weekend. Bryn Mawr will travel to Westminster, Maryland on Saturday to take on McDaniel. Gametime for the Owls is slated for 12:00 PM.