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Owls Soccer Uses Strong Defensive Effort to Frustrate McDaniel

Margaret Hardigg plays for the Owls fall 2019

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team put on a very spirited performance against McDaniel earlier Saturday afternoon on Applebee Field. The Owls held the Centennial Conference's second-highest scoring team in check for a full hour, and they frustrated the Green Terror most of the afternoon with their strong defense and well-executed gameplan. Unfortunately, two goals in a two-minute span took some of the shine away from the day, as McDaniel managed to escape with a 2-0 win on the day. Carlie Hansen and Grecia Prieto combined for seven saves in goal for the Owls while Paige Mastripolito had Bryn Mawr's lone shot of the day.

The Owls' effort and discipline were on display right from the start, as Bryn Mawr kept McDaniel penned in the midfield for the first ten minutes of the game. It took 11 minutes for the visitors to register a shot, a challenged header that went wide of the frame. Later on in the half, McDaniel had a pair of decent looks at the net thanks to Bryn Mawr fouls just outside the top of their box. However, the Bryn Mawr wall stood their ground and blocked the first effort, and the free kick from the Green Terror went wide of the left post.

Between that action in their own end, Bryn Mawr was able to break out and get their first offensive chance of the day. The Owls were able to work the ball down the right side on the counterattack, and from there a through pass sprung Mastripolito down the right wing. The first-year flew down the right side and into the penalty box with a McDaniel defender trying to track her down on her left. After getting into the box and gaining as good of an angle as she could, Mastripolito fired a shot across the goal towards the far post. McDaniel's Katherine Carstensen dove to her right to get a mitt on the ball, and her touch was just enough to push the shot just wide of the post and give the Green Terror a reprieve.

Later on in the half as McDaniel ramped up their pressure, Carlie Hansen stepped up to make some solid saves for the Owls. The junior goalkeeper shut down all three shots on goal that she faced, and the Owls defense was able to weather McDaniel's five corner kicks in the half to send the teams to halftime tied up at 0-0.

Bryn Mawr continued to shut down the visitors early in the second half as well, as the Owls' positioning and defending continued to flummox the Green Terror. McDaniel took almost ten minutes to get their first shot of the half, and Prieto was right there to make the save on that attempt. Later on, the visitors had their best chance of the day to that point, as a scramble in front of the net led to a shot from right in front that hit the right post. The rebound was skied over the crossbar, and it appeared that Bryn Mawr had survived the worst. Unfortunately, just three minutes later, McDaniel would break the deadlock.

The visitors struck in the 64th minute, as a corner kick from the right side led to a wide open header from McDaniel's Kristen Worry just five yards out. That made it a 1-0 lead for the Green Terror, and before the Owls had a chance to regroup, the visitors pounced again. This time, a lead pass from Allie Titus got over the Bryn Mawr back line and bounced into the penalty area. Prieto came off her line to try and gather the ball, but McDaniel's Hannah Schepers arrived first and knocked the ball past Prieto and into the net to make it a 2-0 advantage for McDaniel.

The Owls did their best to try and claw their way back into the game, earning a corner kick ten minutes later. However, the Green Terror were able to clear the ball away without allowing a shot, and that proved to be the Owls' final chance of inflicting any damage on the day.

Bryn Mawr will be right back in action in the middle of next week with another Centennial Conference game on the slate. This time, it will be the first Tri-Co showdown of the year, as the Owls will travel to Swarthmore to take on the Garnet next Wednesday. Gametime in Swarthmore on the 16th is slated for 4:00 PM.