RADNOR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team kicked off their 2017 campaign earlier Friday night with a road trip to Cabrini College. Despite a tough start out of the gate, the Owls put up a very solid effort on a night where they found themselves with a somewhat short bench due to injury. The Cavaliers got out in front early in this one, though, scoring what would ultimately be the game-winner just 2:42 into play. Ultimately, the hosts were able to protect home turf with a 2-0 victory on the night, but the story of the night for the Owls was their impressive defensive effort.
Bryn Mawr carried play right out of the gate in this one, taking early possession and turning it into a scoring chance. The Owls were able to work the ball to the feet of Delphine McCann. The first-year midfielder found some space and ripped a shot toward the goal, but it sailed just over the crossbar. Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, that proved to be one of their best scoring chances of the night, as Cabrini would carry play most of the way forward in the contest. In fact, the Cavaliers scored virtually right after that Owls chance, going ahead 1-0 in the third minute of play. The hosts found senior forward Taylor Tralie alone in front of the net, and she was able to turn Cabrini's first shot of the season into their first goal of the year as well. The Cavaliers would go on to net an insurance goal just over fifteen minutes later, when Marisa Christensen found Kelsee Tironi for an open shot, making it a 2-0 lead for the hosts.
Facing that tough deficit early on in their first game of the season, many teams might have folded it up right there and saved their efforts for another day. Not so the Owls. Bryn Mawr scrapped and clawed their way through the rest of the game, never really having another great offensive opportunity, but playing some incredible defense nonetheless. Junior goalkeeper Leah Baer threw down a 70-minute shutout the rest of the way, making a total of 15 saves in the contest. That ended up being a new career high for Baer, who made her eighth career start on the night for the Owls.
The Owls' best opportunity of the night to get a goal back came in the 74th minute. Right after a big save by Baer on a header from a Cabrini player, the Owls came roaring back the other way. Emily Elmore finally ended up with the ball at her feet, and the talented sophomore let rip with a shot that found its way past Cavaliers goalkeeper Gabby Legendre. Unfortunately, the ball caromed of the outside of the post and away from the net, closing the book on Bryn Mawr's final scoring chance of the night.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action this weekend with another chance to get their first win of 2017. The Owls get a bit of a rest day tomorrow before returning to action Sunday afternoon for a 2:00 PM game at Moravian College. These two teams have played each other twice in the past, with the Greyhounds taking that meeting by a 2-0 score. Be sure to check back here at GoBrynMawr.com throughout the season to keep an eye on the Owls!