BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team had the big job of closing out another beautiful Homecoming day on Applebee Field on Saturday, and the Owls did not disappoint. After falling behind 1-0 early against Wesley, the Owls stormed back with two goals of their own in the middle part of the game to ultimately claim a 2-1 win on the day. Elizabeth Hummel and Emily Elmore did the damage for the Owls, while Carlie Hansen made three saves off the bench in the win for Bryn Mawr.
The Owls were on the front foot early in today's contest, as Laura Burckhardt and Elizabeth Kiely each had shots saved or go just wide in the 10th minute of play. Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, Wesley managed to rebound from that early onslaught and get a goal against the run of play in the 12th minute. The Wolverines attacked down the right side, then cut the ball back into the center of the penalty box where Amanda Moccaldi fired home to put the visitors up 1-0.
The two teams battled back and forth over the next 20 minutes looking for the next goal, with each side having shots get saved or go wide. Izzy Finkler blasted an effort on goal in the 16th minute, but her shot was saved. Later, in the 29th minute, Burckhardt got off two more shots of her own, but each was saved. However, the Owls finally got on the board just five minutes later. Elizabeth Hummel took a pass from Sarah Coufal, beating her defender and slipping a shot past Wesley's goalkeeper and into the back of the net to make it a 1-1 contest.
Bryn Mawr really began to exert their dominance on the game over the remaining time in the first half, ripping five shots and taking three corner kicks in the final ten minutes of the half. Despite not being able to scratch across another goal before halftime, the Owls had built plenty of momentum, and that continued to carry on into the second half. Hummel got a shot off less than three minutes into the new frame, and then Bryn Mawr took the lead thanks to a tremendous individual effort from Emily Elmore. The senior drove down the right side of the field with pace, cutting into the right side of the penalty box. She sent a perfectly angled shot on goal, just past the dive of Wesley's goalkeeper and inside the far left post. The goal, Elmore's first of the season, put Bryn Mawr in the driver's seat with 35 minutes left to play.
The Owls continued to press over the next ten minutes, looking for an insurance goal to bump their lead up. Then, with roughly 20 minutes to play, Wesley put together one final run at tying the game back up. Carlie Hansen made saves on three Wolverines shots, including a very impressive effort with an outstretched left arm on a rocket of a shot from distance by Wesley. Those saves ultimately proved to be enough, as the Owls would hold Wesley without a shot over the final 16 minutes of play to ice away the win.
In fact, it was Bryn Mawr who came closest to scoring again in this one, as the Owls ripped five shots in the final 5+ minutes of action. Their closest chance came in the 86th minute. After a foul at the top of the penalty area, Izzy Finkler stepped up to take the free kick, and deftly sent the ball over the wall and arcing towards the goal. However, it clanged off the crossbar and back into the penalty area, and Wesley was able to survive the final minutes without allowing another Owls goal. Despite outshooting the Wolverines by a 21-7 margin on the day, Bryn Mawr would only find the back of the net twice on the day. However, that ultimately was enough, as the Owls held on through the final minutes to claim the 2-1 win.
With the win, the Owls move to 5-3 on the season, tying their best start to a campaign since 2011. Bryn Mawr will look to continue their winning ways when they get back in action in a week. The Owls will get back on the road, traveling to Gettysburg on Saturday for a 4:00 PM start to a big Centennial Conference contest.