RADNOR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team opened their 2019 season earlier Friday afternoon with a trip down the road to Cabrini. This contest has become somewhat of a local rivalry over the past few seasons, culminating in a heartbreaking loss in 2018 that saw Cabrini overcome a 1-0 Owls lead with two goals in the final five minutes to pick up a win. Unfortunately, history kind of repeated itself on this day as well, as the Cavaliers used a goal with 2:18 to play to break a scoreless deadlock and ultimately claim a 1-0 win on the day. Goalkeepers Carlie Hansen and Grecia Prieto split time in the net for the Owls, combining for five saves on the day.
Cabrini seemed to have most of the momentum in the first half, as the hosts outshot the Owls 9-2 in the opening frame. However, Hansen and the rest of the Bryn Mawr defense were more than up for the challenge, as the junior keeper saved all four shots on goal she faced. First-year Hannah Oxendine got Bryn Mawr's first chance of the season with a shot off of an Owls corner kick, but her effort went just wide. Later, fellow first-year Laura Burckhardt also put a shot just wide of the goal, and the two teams headed to the halftime break knotted at 0-0.
The defensive battle continued deep into the second half, but Bryn Mawr steadily began to create more chances for themselves and even up the shot count. Burckhardt forced a save from Cabrini goalkeeper Ashley Tutzauer just a few minutes into the second half, and that sparked an offensive explosion that saw Bryn Mawr outshoot Cabrini 11-5 in the half. Grecia Prieto made the first save of her career about 13 minutes into the second half, and then the Owls went back to work trying to break the deadlock. Emily Elmore was the next to get a shot on goal for Bryn Mawr, but once again Tutzauer made the save. First-year Paige Mastripolito followed up just a few minutes later, but her effort went just wide. In the 75th minute, Elmore got another crack at the goal, but Tutzauer stopped that one too. Perhaps one of Bryn Mawr's best chances came in the 79th minute, as the Owls earned a corner and played a great ball into the box. Elmore got on the end of this one too, and she put another shot on goal but Tutzauer put up the stone wall once more and kept the ball out.
All of the missed chances in the second half left the door open for the hosts to try and steal the game late, and that is exactly what happened. Against the run of play, Cabrini managed to put together an offensive attack that led to a shot for Diana VanSickle. She put a shot just wide of the goal, but just thirty seconds later, she got another chance. This time, the senior made the most of the chance, putting a shot past Prieto and into the back of the net to give Cabrini a stunning 1-0 lead.
The Owls tried their best to put together a late attack, and they did get a shot off in the final seconds off the foot of Elmore. However, her attempt was blocked, and that would seal the door on yet another last-gasp victory for the Cavaliers over Bryn Mawr.
The Owls will look to rebound from today's setback when they get right back in action on Sunday afternoon. Bryn Mawr will travel to Newark for a battle with Rutgers-Newak on Sunday, with gametime slated for 3:00 PM.