MEDIA, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team showcased some impressive resilience once again earlier Sunday afternoon in a showdown in Penn State Brandywine. After a thrilling comeback win over Cedar Crest on Friday, the Owls repeated the feat earlier today, erasing a 2-1 halftime deficit to ultimately prevail by a 3-2 scoreline. Elizabeth Hummel helped lead the way for Bryn Mawr, tallying her first two goals of the season in an impressive performance. First-year Hannah Oxendine netted the game-winner for the Owls in the 69th minute, her second career goal already in just four games.
The hosts got out in front early, as Brianna Banks scored the opener just three minutes into the contest. She was able to control a long through pass and get around Owls goalkeeper Grecia Prieto, slotting the ball home to give the Nittany Lions a quick 1-0 advantage.
Bryn Mawr was certainly not thrown off by the early setback. The Owls started to pepper the goal over the next twenty minutes looking for the equalizer. Margaret Hardigg had two good looks at the goal, but both of those efforts were stopped. Later, Oxendine put a shot just wide, and then Hardigg got another opportunity off of a corner kick, but her shot also went just wide of the post.
Finally, the Owls found the back of the net in the 23rd minute. It was Hummel doing the work for the Owls, as their press led to a defensive giveaway by the Nittany Lions. The sophomore pounced on the loose ball and worked her way towards the goal. She ultimately was able to rip a shot that beat the Nittany Lions goalkeeper to her right and settled into the netting, knotting the game back up at 1-1.
Spurred on by finding the back of the net, Hummel immediately went in search of a second. A shot from her just three minutes later went just wide, and then she got another opportunity three minutes after that, but the Nittany Lions keeper was able to make the save. Then, it was Penn State Brandywine's turn to find the back of the net once more, and again it was Banks doing the damage. She was able to beat multiple Owls defenders and get a shot off, sending the ball just past Prieto and into the bottom right corner to hand the hosts a 2-1 advantage. Despite controlling most of the play the rest of the way through the half, including taking four more shots, the Owls were unable to get anything else across and went to the break trailing by one.
However, that positive momentum at the end of the half carried over into the start of the second frame for Bryn Mawr. The Owls continued to get shots off in search of a tying goal, and they finally found it in the 56th minute. Elizabeth Kiely found Hummel once more with a great pass, and the lightning fast midfielder got past the defense and dribbled around the Brandywine keeper, tapping in from close range to make it a 2-2 game.
Not content just to earn the draw, the Owls continued to pepper the opposing back line in search of a winner. Koren Woznicki and Sarah Coufal each had a shot saved just minutes after the tying goal, and a few minutes later, Kiely had a chance off of a corner kick go just over the crossbar. Bryn Mawr would not be denied though, and they finally broke through once more in the 69th minute. Paige Mastripolito got the helper on this one, slotting a perfect pass to Oxendine. The first-year slipped a shot low past the goalie and inside the left post, giving Bryn Mawr their first lead of the day at 3-2.
From there, the Owls did a perfect job of possessing the ball and running out the clock, with their best defense being a good offensive attack. The Owls let loose seven more shots and three corner kicks in the final 20 minutes after their go-ahead goal, and despite none of them going in, the effort kept the Nittany Lions pinned back in their own end. The hosts had one more chance to tie the match back up, and it came off the foot of Banks, who had two goals already, but the effort went wide and the Owls eased away with the 3-2 win.
With the victory, Bryn Mawr moves to 3-1 on the year. They have already recorded their most wins in a season since 2015. It is also their best start to a season and longest winning streak (three) since 2011, when they won their first five games of the year. They'll now get a well-earned bit of a break, but Bryn Mawr will look to keep the positive momentum going when they get back in action next Monday at Cairn.