Women’s Soccer Runs Over Bryn Mawr
By Hank Hahne, Staff Writer
The Gettysburg Women’s Soccer racked up an 8-1 blowout victory at Bryn Mawr over the weekend. The Bullets will be looking to use the momentum from the win to set themselves up nicely for the playoffs.
Gettysburg took only seven minutes to get the scoring started as first-year midfielder Molly O’Shea started off her eventual hat-trick. Just ten minutes later, she would strike again to double the lead. In the 25th minute, Bryn Mawr put up its lone goal with freshman forward Elizabeth Kiely scoring from the top of the box.
From that point on, it was all Gettysburg. Junior Isabel Klatt closed the first half scoring in the 35th minute. Five separate Bullets beat the goalkeeper in the second half. First-years Maeve Regan, Lily Melink, Erika Muskus, and senior Lauren Miesemer all scored before O’Shea secured her hat-trick with a header.
The Bullets outshot the Owls an incredible 36-2, putting 24 shots on goal. In addition, Gettysburg did not allow a single Owls shot in the second half and held an 11-0 advantage in corner kicks.
“We knew going into the game that we had an opportunity to play creatively and try some new things,” said O’Shea when asked about the match. “…our shot count for every game is always very high; however, the ball never seems to find the back of the net… now we have a much-needed boost heading into some very tough games.”
“Personally, I went into this game hoping to gain some confidence in my shot for the season going forward, and that is exactly what happened,” O’Shea said about her hat-trick.
Gettysburg’s high- scoring night moved O’Shea and Miesemer into the large tie for third in the race for conference top scorer. The pair sits only two goals off the lead.
“I’ve been very lucky to get the opportunity to be an impact player for our team…Although I get credit for many of the goals, it is my teammates that are creating the plays,” O’Shea said.
While Bryn Mawr has only won one game this season, and is 0-4 in conference play, the display of creativity required to set up and score 8 goals is a positive in any match. Any of that attacking threat carrying over into upcoming games will be sure to bring success.
A tough 1-0 loss on September 25th to Frostburg State put on the pressure for the team’s remaining games. Six of seven remaining matches are in-conference. Gettysburg (6-3-1) currently sits in third place in the conference. The Bullets need wins against 11th place Franklin and Marshall (1-7-1) and 8th place Muhlenberg (4-4-1). The next match against 5th place Haverford (5-3) is also crucial.
The final three matches of the season will be Gettysburg’s biggest tests, with 1st place Swarthmore (9-0-1), 2nd place Johns Hopkins (9-1), and 4th place Dickinson (6-2-2) ending the season. A win against one of the top two teams could shake up the conference standings and propel the Bullets into a crucial top seed on either side of the playoff bracket, fueling hopes of a conference title.
On October 6th, the Women’s Soccer team returns to action at Haverford. The Bullets then return home to face Franklin and Marshall on October 10th.