Bryn Mawr Offense Goes Quiet in Loss to Moravian

Alexis Boutchie challenges a pass against Moravian in September 2018

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team was back out in the heat on Applebee field earlier Sunday afternoon for the second game of their season-opening weekend, this time taking on Moravian. Both teams entered the day looking for redemption after coming off of gut-wrenching 2-1 losses on Friday afternoon. However, despite a strong effort from the Owls all day long, the team was unable to generate many chances on the offensive end, and the Greyhounds were able to tally a goal in each half to ultimately claim a 2-0 win on the day. Kinsey Schwab and Carlie Hansen combined in goal to make four saves on the day for the Owls.

Moravian was on the front foot from the opening whistle in today's contest, earning their first offensive chance just five minutes into the contest. The Owls were able to weather the early storm, shutting down two corner kick chances from the Greyhounds, but the opponents just kept maintaining possession and pegging Bryn Mawr back into their own half. Bryn Mawr did a tremendous job with their offside trap on the back line, leading Moravian offside on through balls multiple times throughout the contest. Unfortunately, with the volume of opportunities the Greyhounds earned, it seemed only a matter of time before the visitors would strike. Moravian finally cashed in on all their hard work with a goal in the 30th minute of play. Aimee Manley was able to get possession of a ball in the middle and take it into the penalty box, where she fired a shot past Schwab and into the netting to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Owls continued to fight hard throughout the afternoon, and despite not seeing as much of the ball as they would like, the team defended well and was able to keep most of the Moravian chances from becoming too dangerous. Bryn Mawr finally got their first offensive opportunity midway through the second half. A solid chunk of possession by the Owls led to a corner kick, which Moravian was able to clear from danger. Minutes later, it was Sarah Coufal who had a chance inside the penalty area, but her volleyed effort under pressure went wide left of the goal. Later on in the half, Coufal was once again able to generate a chance with a half-touch on a loose ball in the box, but Moravian goalkeeper Jamie Daly was able to collect the redirect with no problems. That would be the final chance for the Owls, while Moravian added an insurance goal late in the contest off the foot of Caitlyn Sugarman to ultimately take the 2-0 win.

Bryn Mawr will now get a chance to recover from their busy opening weekend, as the Owls will not be back in action until Saturday. The season-opening homestand will continue for Bryn Mawr, as they'll host Cedar Crest that day, with kickoff slated for 11:00 AM.