Women's Soccer Falls to Gettysburg 1-0 in Centennial Semifinal
BALTIMORE, Md. - A first-half goal from Gettysburg's Molly Phillips off a corner kick proved to be the difference as the Swarthmore College women's soccer team (12-6) was defeated by the Bullets 1-0 in the Centennial Conference semifinal on Saturday evening from Johns Hopkins.
The result snaps the Garnet's five-match winning streak and sends the Bullets to the Centennial Conference Championship match against host Johns Hopkins tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
Despite holding an 11-7 edge in shots over the Bullets and controlling much of play, the Garnet could never quite break through in the conference semifinal.
Swarthmore put two shots on target in the opening 20 minutes – one from sophomore Megan Brock and one from sophomore Amber Famiglietti - but it was the Bullets that found the back of the net. On a corner kick in the 21st minute, Phillips received the ball far post and blasted the ball over the head of Marie Mutryn and just under the crossbar to give Gettysburg a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the Garnet amped up its attack and almost found the equalizer on several occasions. Freshman Emma Sindelar missed just wide in the 60th minute and senior Emily Coleman saw her long distance shot on the counter attack saved by the Bullets' keeper in the 75th minute.
With the seconds ticking away and a berth in the finals on the line, Swarthmore tried desperately to find the tying goal, but came up short despite its best efforts. The Garnet's best chance in the final minutes came in the 86th minute when a Brock pass in the box just missed an open Sindelar.
In goal for the Garnet, Muttryn made four saves to keep Swat in the match.
Swarthmore will now await word from the NCAA or ECAC on Monday determining its postseason fate.