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Bryn Mawr Battles Catholic to 1-1 Draw

Koren Woznicki scores for Bryn Mawr against Catholic fall 2022

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Owls soccer team was back in action earlier Tuesday afternoon, as Bryn Mawr continued their September homestand with a non-conference matchup against Catholic. In what ended up being a thrilling back-and-forth battle the whole way through, neither side could claim the win as the game ultimately ended in a 1-1 tie. Koren Woznicki tallied the Bryn Mawr goal early on in the second half to put the Owls on the scoresheet while first-year goalkeeper Natalia Chorzepa made six strong saves on the afternoon.

Bryn Mawr had an excellent chance right out of the gate, as the Owls earned a corner kick just two minutes into the game. The hosts executed the set piece almost flawlessly, with Sarah Lohrey sending a perfect ball over the initial Cardinals defenders and towards the back post. An Owls attacker had made a great run onto that post and found herself alone in front just a couple yards in front of the net. However, the timing was just slightly off and the ball sailed just past the outstretched foot of the Bryn Mawr player, giving Catholic a chance to clear out of their own end.

After about ten minutes of midfield action, Bryn Mawr got another corner kick with another great centering ball on the opportunity. With both teams battling for possession in the Catholic box, the ball squirted out to the top of the penalty area, where Owls senior Paige Mastripolito was the closest to the play. The Bryn Mawr forward charged ahead and ripped a one-timer, but a Cardinals defender got a leg in front of the blast to block it away.

The game slowed down a bit over the next 20 minutes before Catholic had the next good chance of the contest. After a change of possession in the midfield, the Cardinals came down the right wing with possession. A Catholic winger sent a driven cross into the penalty box, finding a forward with a few yards of space near the penalty area. That Cardinal leaped and got her head on the ball, sending a strong header towards the left post. Owls goalkeeper Natalia Chorzepa was ready with a great reaction though, diving to the left and extending a palm to push the ball off line and across the endline for a corner kick. The Owls defense then did a solid job defending the ensuing corner to clear their area and keep the Cardinals off the board. That would be the final good opportunity for either side and the two teams headed to halftime with the score still tied 0-0.

The two teams continued to feel each other out early in the second half, but it was Bryn Mawr who finally broke through ten minutes into the frame to take the lead. After a Catholic foul right around midfield, Sarah Lohrey stepped up from the back line and sent a beautiful deep ball over the defense and into the penalty box. Amanda Cruz was the first to the ball for the Owls, getting behind the Catholic defense and alone on goal for a one-touch shot. The Cardinals goalkeeper did well to react and get a hand on the shot, but the ball pinged around the top of the goal box before rolling across to the other side of the net. Koren Woznicki came streaming into the play, roaring down the box and getting to the ball first. Woznicki one-timed a low shot toward the net, but the Cardinals goalkeeper managed to get a hand on the shot once again with a dive back across her goal. However, this time the ball caromed softly off her glove and into the back of the netting, sparking a celebration from the Bryn Mawr sideline as the Owls went up 1-0.

Catholic worked hard to get back in the contest over the next 15 minutes. The Cardinals saw more of the possession over that duration, keeping the ball penned in the Bryn Mawr half of the field most of the time. Catholic was able to earn two corner kicks in that stretch, and Owls goalkeeper Natalia Chorzepa made a couple of solid saves to keep Catholic off the scoreboard. Later, the Cardinals earned a free kick just a few steps above the Owls' penalty box on the left side, but a shot attempt went wide and high of the frame.

Bryn Mawr nearly got an important insurance goal with just over ten minutes to go in the contest. After breaking out of their own end with a well-developed counterattack, the Owls earned a corner kick from the right side. Lohrey sent in another great ball, finding a Bryn Mawr player with just a bit of time and space around the penalty area. The Owl sent a one-time shot hard toward the center of the net, but the Catholic goalkeeper was right there to collect the effort and allow her team to regroup.

That stop proved to be a spark to the visitors, as Catholic would find the equalizer just a minute later. A Cardinals defender stepped up and blasted a loose ball from the midfield stripe down towards the opposite sideline. A teammate collected and sprinted forward into the right side of the Bryn Mawr penalty area before sending a cross towards the goal area. The ball skipped off an Owls player's foot, then off the head of a Catholic attacker before falling at the feet of a different Catholic player. That forward was able to control and spin a shot towards the net from right out in front, just squeezing the ball past Chorzepa and into the netting to tie the game at 1-1.

Chorzepa would make one final save a few minutes later to close out her day, and neither side would generate any further offense in the contest. When the horn finally sounded to close the action, both teams were forced to settle with a 1-1 draw.

The draw is not the result Bryn Mawr might have been hoping for, but it is also progress after a slow start to the 2022 campaign. The Owls will look to build on today's strong effort when they return to action this weekend for their first Centennial Conference battle of the year. Bryn Mawr will welcome Johns Hopkins to campus on Saturday, with gametime set for 2:00 PM on Applebee Field.