CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's soccer team kept its Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament hopes alive after shutting out Wilson, 3-0, Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, Bryn Athyn is now 4-6-3 overall and jumped into the fifth spot in the CSAC standings with a 3-3-2 conference record.
The Lions control their destiny when it comes to the fifth and final CSAC Tournament position. Bryn Athyn currently sits on 11 points, one point ahead of Rosemont (6-8-1, 3-4-1 CSAC) and two points ahead of Wilson (8-8-1, 3-5-0 CSAC).
If Bryn Athyn defeats Centenary (N.J.) in the season finale on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. in Hackettstown, N.J., the Lions earn the final playoff spot. If the Lions tie, they would need a Rosemont loss to make the playoffs. Wilson's result would not matter because of today's win by Bryn Athyn. If the Lions lose, they would need a Rosemont loss and a Wilson loss or tie to get the fifth seed.
Bryn Athyn didn't get many chances on goal during the 90 minutes but made the most of the six attempts they had at the Wilson net.
Ashley Rivera scored in her second consecutive game to break the scoreless deadlock at 24:56. Rivera took a free kick just outside the penalty area, hooking it around the three-player wall and in the left side of the goal for her fourth goal of the season.
Maggie McCabe doubled the Bryn Athyn lead at 36:42 with her team-leading fifth goal after locating a loose ball at the edge of the penalty area and blasting it by Wilson keeper Danielle Stafford.
McCabe struck again to put the Lions' third goal on the board 3:35 after halftime. Jissed Rosero Alegria played a perfect through ball that snuck by three Phoenix defenders. McCabe corralled the ball, went in all alone against Stafford, and chipped it over Stafford's head for the goal.
Bryn Athyn's defense turned in a solid performance, holding Wilson to nine shot attempts. Keeper Allie Warren stopped all three attempts on goal that came her way to record the fourth shutout of the season.