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Owls Give Widener a Tough Test in Home Opener

Paige Mastripolito fall 2022

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Owls soccer team played their first home game of the season on Sunday against Widener. The game was a close one as the two teams traded goals in the first half, but Widener ultimately won the game 2-1. Senior Paige Mastripolito scored the lone goal of the day for the Owls. Natalia Chorzepa made seven strong saves in goal for the Owls.

The first half of the game was off to a quick start with Widener scoring before the first four minutes of the game. The Owls fought back though as first-year Daniela Dosen racked up three shots in the next four minutes. Unfortunately to Owls fans, none of Dosen's efforts came to fruition as two shots were blocked and one saved by the Pride's goalie. It looked like Widener would take the lead going into the second half, but with less than 25 minutes on the clock senior Paige Mastripolito scored her first goal of the season to tie up the score with the Pride.

The teams were trading possession in the midfield, but the Owls finally gained control. Senior Isabelle Kuszyk collected and sent the ball through the Widener defense. The Pride goalkeeper came out to grab the ball, but Mastripolito charged through the ball knocking it past the goalie and into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

With less than one minute left on the clock, it looked like Widener might score a second goal, but Natalia Chorzepa saved not just one, but two shots on goal.

The Owls stayed on the front foot at the beginning of the second half, with a close second goal within the first 15 minutes. The Owls forced a turnover and the ball hit the feet of first-year Jessica Johnson at the top of the penalty box. Johnson took a few dribbles before passing a beautiful ball to Paige Mastripolito. Mastripolito kicked the ball and sent it rocketing over the keeper but just a bit too high, missing the goal and hitting the crossbar.

The Owls continued to keep on the pressure as Daniela Dosen received the ball at the 55th minute, but her shot on goal was blocked by the Widener defense.

It looked like the game would end in a tie, but Widener weathered the storm, taking advantage of a late offensive chance to score the game winning goal. Widener Alyssa Carman made a pass out of the midfield to teammate Kelly Barr. Owl's goalkeeper Natalia Chorzepa did her best to save the ball, but Barr was able to get it past her to give Widener a 2-1 lead.

With 10 minutes left in the game, the Owls worked hard to try to find an equalizer. Bryn Mawr earned a corner kick in the eighty-eighth minute with a header by first-year Amanda Cruz saved by the Widener goalkeeper. That proved to be the Owls' last chance to tie the game.

The loss moves the Owls to 0-2 on the young season, but they will have a chance on Wednesday to get back on the win column. Bryn Mawr will welcome Penn-St. Harrisburg to campus on Wednesday for a 4:30 P.M. game.