BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls soccer team got the Homecoming 2018 festivities kicked off earlier Saturday afternoon with a big game against Gettysburg College. Bryn Mawr put together a very strong first half of play, including a big goal from first-year forward Elizabeth Kiely. Goalkeepers Leah Baer and Carlie Hansen combined for 16 saves on the day, including a huge penalty kick stop from Hansen. Ultimately, the Bullets were able to pull away in the second half, with the visitors claiming an 8-1 win.
Gettysburg jumped ahead 2-0 in the first quarter hour of action, but Bryn Mawr stayed in the game and continued to probe into the offensive zone. That effort paid off in the 25th minute. Bryn Mawr worked the ball down the field and into the attacking third, and an Owl cut a pass back from the left side to the top of the box. Emily Elmore collected the ball near the top of the penalty area, ands he sent a pass laterally across the top of the box into some open space. That led Kiely on a great run, and the lanky first-year fired a perfectly weighted shot. Her effort curled up and over the Gettysburg goalkeeper and squeaked under the crossbar, settling in the back of the net and giving the Owls a huge goal. That effort brought Bryn Mawr back within one, trailing just 2-1 with plenty of time left in the contest. Kiely's tally is also the first Owls goal against Gettysburg since the 2002 season, breaking a 1,290:47 scoreless run of play against the Bullets.
Alexis Boutchie also had a good chance in the first half, as a foul set Bryn Mawr up with a free kick about 25 yards out. Boutchie sent a driven shot in on goal, but Bullets keeper Kerry Sammon got her body in front of the ball and made a strong save. The Bullets would tally one more goal in the first half to claim a 3-1 advantage, but it was certainly a solid first half for the Owls. Unfortunately, the unseasonably warm temperatures on the Applebee Field turf helped cause some fatigue in the second half. That, plus a solid all-around performance from the visitors in the second half allowed Gettysburg to score five more goals in that frame and claim their 8-1 win.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action on Tuesday afternoon with another Centennial Conference contest. The Owls will welcome Muhlenberg College to campus, with that game slated for a 4:00 PM start.