The Bryn Mawr offense learned a valuable lesson in persistence yesterday against visiting Severn.
Bryn Mawr was blanked for much of the game, but Jessica McAdams scored three times to highlight a four-goal blitz in the final 10 minutes as the sixth-ranked Mawrtians defeated No. 13-ranked Severn, 4-0, in an Association of Independent Schools A Division Applebee League game.
The Mawrtians applied relentless offensive pressure on Severn. Bryn Mawr (10-0-1, 4-0) outshot the Admirals 22-3 and came up with 11 penalty corners. The Mawrtians also held Severn without a shot in the second half, outshooting the Admirals 10-0.
"We kept the pressure on, and they wanted it," said Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik. "It can be frustrating, but we kept pushing and pushing and pushing."
The Mawrtians had the ball for much of the first half and outshot Severn 12-3, but could not manufacture a real scoring chance until Carrie Fetting-Smith blasted a shot that goalie Brenley Jacobs stopped in the final minute.
The scoring chances increased in the second half. Kim Smith nearly scored with 12: 30 left, but her shot from the middle rolled wide left.
Smith then helped break the drought. She assisted on the first two goals as the Mawrtians quickly turned a close game into a rout.
Smith sent a perfect pass that McAdams redirected into goal with 9: 10 left to break the tie. Jenna Novak also got an assist as Bryn Mawr quickly took charge.
"The passing was awesome," said McAdams. "Once we knew what we had to do, we did it."
Kate Cole did it just 1: 47 later, taking a pass from Smith and scoring from in front.
McAdams notched the final two goals, the first an unassisted score with 2: 34 remaining, the second coming off a Megan Perry's nice pass with 40 seconds left.
"We weren't getting frustrated," said Smith, who did a good job of pushing the ball into the Severn end. "We were doing everything right, but it just wasn't going in the goal."
The Severn defense was the reason the ball would not go in. Jacobs made 11 saves and stopped several close shots as the Mawrtians added pressure.
Sweeper Megan Veltman anchored the hard-working Severn defense. Veltman consistently cleared the ball and stopped numerous Bryn Mawr offensive rushes. Bif Moorshead also made a number of smart plays to push the ball out of danger.
In the end, however, Bryn Mawr just had too many chances.
"We tried to mark and stay right on them," said Severn assistant coach Gretchen Bensinger. "We were lucky that we stayed with them as long as we did."
Pub Date: 10/18/97