BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's soccer team will begin its quest to win the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship in its first season in the league when the Lions travel to Cairn for a first-round match on Monday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Bryn Athyn (5-7-2) earned the number six seed in the CSAC Tournament after going 3-4-1 in conference play to finish on 10 points. Cairn (10-4-3) concluded conference play with 18 points thanks to a 6-2 CSAC record to take the three seed.
Monday will be the fourth all-time meeting between Bryn Athyn and Cairn with the Highlanders leading the series 2-1-0.
During the regular season, Cairn scored 51 seconds into overtime to pick up a 1-0 victory on Oct. 13 on General Ronald K. Nelson Field. It was the first time that the two teams have played and it wasn't the season opener.
The last time Bryn Athyn played at Cairn it was Sept. 1, 2016—the first game in Lion history. Cairn won the match 3-0.
Bryn Athyn's victory over Cairn came in the 2017 season opener on Sept. 1, 2017, 8-0 on General Nelson Field.
Titano has had a tremendous freshman season in the Bryn Athyn attack, leading the Lions with 10 goals and 22 points. She is currently tied for sixth with 1.57 points per game seventh in goals. Titano put up three goals in CSAC play.
Puccio has scored eight times, four times against the CSAC, to rank ninth in the league. Bryn Athyn is 5-0-2 when Puccio scores a goal.
Rivera is one of the top distributors in the CSAC, ranking third with eight assists. She also has seven goals to her name to place her in a tie for sixth with 1.57 points per game.
Rose Glass has found her scoring touch as of late, scoring in two of the last three matches.
Defensively, Bryn Athyn sits fourth in the league in goals allowed with 2.14 and has two shutouts this season. Goalkeeper Allie Warren is fourth in the CSAC in goals against average (1.98) and saves per game (6.86) and fifth in save percentage (.780).
The Highlanders are 6-1-0 at home in 2018. Cairn won its first six home matches of the season before dropping its most recent home contest to top-seeded Centenary (N.J.), 1-0.
Cairn has a balanced offensive attack with five players reaching at least 12 points. Sara Hayduchok has a team-high seven goals and is one of three players with 17 points. Victoria Ruitto and Lauren Costa both scored six times, while Katie Ruitto tallied nine assists.
The Highlanders are the CSAC's top defensive team as they allow just .69 goals per game. Keeper leads the league with a .79 goals against average and a .851 save percentage.