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Rivera nets two in Lions' 3-2 loss to Notre Dame (MD)

Rivera nets two in Lions' 3-2 loss to Notre Dame (MD)
 

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Ashley Rivera scored both goals for the Bryn Athyn College women's soccer team in a 3-2 Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) loss to the Notre Dame (Md.) in the final regular-season home game of 2019 Thursday night on General Ronald K. Nelson Field.

Trailing 1-0 on an Adrianna Fletcher breakaway goal in the seventh minute, Rivera got pulled down by a Gator defender in the penalty area at 21:43 to earn a penalty kick. Rivera got keeper Myla Young going in the wrong direction with her penalty kick attempt, beating Young with shot to the right shot of the net to level the score.

Sara Morales put Notre Dame (9-5-0, 5-2-0 CSAC) back in the lead 10 minutes before halftime when she scored from an extremely tight angle near the left post.

Rivera tied the score at two 4:37 into the second half on a set piece. Shauna Breen put her free kick from 25 yards away on frame, hitting the bottom part of the crossbar. Rivera would be the first to the ricochet and slammed the back into the back of the Notre Dame net for her third goal of the season.

Fletcher's second goal of the night, coming with 25:26 left, gave the Gators their third lead of the night. After receiving a pass from Morales just to the right of the penalty arc, Fletcher turned and delivered a left-footed shot that was just over the head of Lion keeper Allie Warren.

Five minutes after falling behind, Rivera nearly completed her hat trick with a free kick, but her shot from 25 yards out sailed just over the crossbar. Maggie McCabe had Bryn Athyn's final chance on goal with 16:34 remaining, however, her chance was stopped by Young—the last of her six saves.

Warren finished the match with five saves, all coming in the first half.

Bryn Athyn (3-6-3, 2-3-2 CSAC) faces a must-win contest when the Lions travel to Wilson for a CSAC match on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12:30 p.m. A win keeps the Lions' CSAC Tournament hopes alive, while a loss will eliminate the Lions from postseason contention.