ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team was back in action against Muhlenberg on Tuesday night looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Gettysburg on Saturday. The Owls definitely found more success in today's action, finding multiple scoring opportunites early on in the contest. However, the Mules were able to survive each chance Bryn Mawr had, and that allowed the hosts to ultimately claim a 3-0 win on the day. Carlie Hansen and Grecia Prieto split time in goal for Bryn Mawr, combining for five saves on the day, while five different players registered shots for the Owls.
Muhlenberg had much of the possession in the early stages of today's match, but the Owls defense and Prieto did a fantastic job of staying active and keeping the Mules off the scoreboard. Muhlenberg had several good chances early, but Prieto made three strong saves in the opening 20 minutes of play, and another shot from the hosts clanged harmlessly off the crossbar, keeping the game knotted at 0-0.
Bryn Mawr's best opportunities came on the counterattack, as the Owls would soak up pressure from Muhlenberg's forwards and midfield, then cause a turnover and look to press hard the other way down the field. Such an opportunity took place in the 24th minute, as Bryn Mawr was able to find Elizabeth Hummel flying through the middle of the field on a countering chance. Hummel was able to race into the top of the box unopposed, forcing the Mules goalkeeper off her line to cut down Hummel's angle. The sophomore Owl was able to let loose a shot that made it past the onrushing keeper, but slid just wide of the right post, keeping the game scoreless.
Just two minutes later, Muhlenberg would strike with the opening goal of the day, as Noemi Di Cori laid a pass off on the right side which Mia Mullin took into the box and scored off of. Bryn Mawr did a good job of fending off any further Mules attacks, and they got another chance of their own just before the halftime break. This time it was Sarah Coufal who had the opportunity, receiving a cross from the left side of the field just outside the right edge of the goal box. Coufal controlled and fired with her left foot, but her curling effort just barely missed going into the far netting, and the Mules maintained their 1-0 lead headed into halftime.
Muhlenberg was able to find their first insurance goal just five minutes into the second half, as a looped cross after a loose ball found Sarah Hunter alone in front of the goal mouth to make it a 2-0 lead.
Bryn Mawr's next chance came eight minutes later, as a foul on the left side of the box gave Izzy Finkler a chance to step up and take the free kick. The junior sent a nice ball curling around the wall and towards the near top corner, but the Mules goalkeeper was able to get over and make the stop. The game stayed quiet from there until there were 15 minutes to go, when Muhlenberg struck for the third and final time. Both Elizabeth Kiely and Paige Mastripolito got shots off for the Owls after that, but they were unable to get anything past Muhlenberg's keeper, and the hosts hung on for the 3-0 win.
The Owls will be right back in action on Saturday when they return home to face off against McDaniel. Gametime on Applebee Field on Saturday is slated for 3:00 PM.