COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team took on Centennial Conference opponent Ursinus College earlier Saturday in their season-finale on the road. Despite a strong effort all-around from the Owls, including the first career goal for junior forward Catherine Bactat, Bryn Mawr was unable to match the offensive firepower that Ursinus brought in today's contest. Despite a solid seven combined saves from Owls goalkeepers Leah Baer and Kinsey Schwab, ultimately the Bears were able to protect their home turf with an 8-1 win on the day.
Despite the scoreline, it was actually the Owls who got the first great chance of the day, as Kass Wojcik ripped a shot on goal a minute into the contest. However, Ursinus' Sabrina Doherty was there to make the save, and that led to the Bears being on the front foot for the next 15 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Leah Baer made a particularly strong save during that stretch to stop the Bears from scoring, but Ursinus broke through anyway just a couple of minutes later. The Bears' Mackenzie Groff took a through ball down the middle and blasted a shot from the top of the box inside the left post to put the hosts up 1-0. They would double their lead just six minutes later, and ultimately score three more times in the first half to take a 5-0 lead to halftime.
The Bears tacked on two more goals in the opening ten minutes of the second half to extend their lead, but then it was the Owls' turn to get on the board. With just under 15 minutes to go in the game, the Bears committed a foul about 30 yards out from their own goal. Owls defender Justine Davis stepped up to take the free kick and launched a beautiful, driven ball towards the Ursinus goal. Several players made a run to try and get on the end of the pass, but it was Catherine Bactat who broke out of the pack and was able to poke at the ball. She was able to direct it past Doherty at the post and into the back of the net, providing a highlight for the Owls on the afternoon. Ursinus would tack on one more goal late to ultimately claim their 8-1 win on the day.
With the result, the Owls close the door on a solid developmental campaign in 2018. Bryn Mawr will continue to work hard and train throughout the rest of the year and look to be back in action and better than ever in the fall of 2019.