LANGHORNE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team was back on the pitch earlier Monday afternoon for their fifth consecutive road match to open 2019. After a well-earned week off from competitive action after starting their season 3-1, the Owls picked up right where they left off last Sunday by taking a 1-0 victory on the road at Cairn. Elizabeth Kiely scored her third career goal and first of this season in the 79th minute to break a deadlock and give Bryn Mawr their fourth straight win of the season. Carlie Hansen and Grecia Prieto combined for the shutout in goal for Bryn Mawr, with the duo pairing up to make three saves.
The two sides spent the early part of the first half probing each other's defenses, only taking two shots total in the first 22 minutes of action. The Highlanders had the first shot of the day go wide left, and then Isabelle Kuszyk answered a few minutes later with a shot that forced Cairn keeper Kyrstin Jarvis to make a save. The intensity slowly ramped up over the remainder of the half, however, with the two teams each having good chances on goal. Elizabeth Hummel and Koren Woznicki each had shots saved in the half by Jarvis. Later, a Bryn Mawr foul gave Cairn a free kick from the top of the penalty area, but the shot was blasted straight into the Bryn Mawr wall. Finally, Kass Wojcik had perhaps the best look of the half, as she sprinted into the left side of the box wide open to receive a cross. The sophomore was able to control the pass and set up a shot, and she was gunning for the right-side upper 90, but the ball sailed just wide of the goal. With that, the two teams headed to the half still knotted at 0-0.
After a back-and-forth first half, Bryn Mawr came out and overpowered the Highlanders in the second, outshooting the hosts 11-2 in the frame. The Owls earned a corner kick just two minutes into the frame, and that started a long period of keeping Cairn back on their heels. Hannah Oxendine had a shot saved by Jarvis, and then Kiely saw her first effort of the game go just wide to the left. Later, the Highlanders got a chance on the counterattack, but Prieto quickly snuffed that out in her first action of the day, allowing Bryn Mawr to regain possession and continue looking for the breakthrough.
That opportunity would come all the way in the 79th minute. After Kass Wojcik sent a shot outside the top left of the goal, the Owls regrouped and prepared their next attack. Just a minute later, Kiely got the ball on her feet, and she was able to let loose with a shot that beat Jarvis and settled into the netting for a 1-0 lead.
Following the goal, Bryn Mawr did a great job of maintaining enough offensive pressure to mostly keep Cairn in their own end. However, the hosts had one last chance to tie things back up in the 84th minute. On a corner kick, Cairn's Dakota Hitchner sent a shot towards the bottom right of the goal, but Prieto once again was right there to make the stop and preserve the 1-0 win.
With the win, the Owls move to 4-1 on the season, once again marking their best start to a year since 2011. Bryn Mawr will now get the chance to prove their progress against a Centennial Conference opponent, as they will travel down to Baltimore to take on Johns Hopkins on Saturday. The Blue Jays, who entered the week ranked eighth in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll, have made it to the finals of the Centennial Conference championship every season since 2004, and they have won the championship ten times in that span. The Owls are looking for their second-ever win against the Blue Jays, and Saturday at 3:00 PM in Baltimore would be the perfect place to get it.