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Bridgewater soccer roundup: Men defeat SVU, women fall to McDaniel

bridgewater logoBC men come back from early deficit to defeat McDaniel: Bridgewater responded to an early Southern Virginia score with three goals before the halftime break and the Eagles went on to defeat the Knights, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon in non-conference women’s soccer action.

The Knights stunned the Eagles with an early goal when Bridgewater was unable to clear a corner kick. Southern Virginia’s Jamilla Gambee booted a shot past Bridgewater keeper Krista Kelly from 12 yards out for an early 1-0 Knights lead.

Bridgewater immediately picked up the pressure and evened the score in the next minute. Anna Theisenwhistled a shot toward goal that Knights’ keeper MaKenzie Cox was able to get a hand on and deflect. Eagles’ freshman Keri Rager was there to clean up the rebound and her shot tied the score at one goal apiece. The goal was the first career goal for Rager.

Bridgewater grabbed the lead in the 17th minute and never looked back. The Eagles maintained pressure at the offensive end and created another strong scoring opportunity. Julia Baca served a pass into the box and Nicole Blackwell headed the ball into the net for her first goal of the season and a 2-1 Eagles lead.

Baca made it 3-1 in the 33rd minute when she possessed a crossing pass from Amber O’Connor and beat the keeper with a shot to the near post. The goal was the sixth of the season for Baca.

Bridgewater finished the contest with a 26-7 edge in shots and a 10-1 edge in corner kicks.

Kelly and Hayley Talbott combined to limit the Knights to just the single goal. Kelly had one first-half save and Talbott turned away two shots during the final 45 minutes of play.

Bridgewater is now 5-2 overall while the Knights drop to 1-4-2 on the season.

The Eagles return to conference action Saturday when they travel to play the Roanoke Maroons. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

 

McDaniel earns shutout of Bridgewater women: McDaniel College scored two quick goals early in the second half Tuesday afternoon and pulled away for a 3-0 victory over Bridgewater in non-conference men’s soccer action.

The Green Terror got on the board in the 18th minute on a Bridgewater own goal. The ball found the Eagles’ goal as the defense tried to clear a centering pass from McDaniel’s Shane McCracken.

Bridgewater shook off the miscue and held the hosts scoreless the remainder of the half to trail by just the single goal at the break.

McDaniel held a slight 6-2 edge in shots in the opening half as the Eagles stayed in contention.

Things changed quickly in the second half as McDaniel took control with two goals just 22 seconds apart.

McCracken made the score 2-1 with his unassisted goal less than five minutes into the second half. Teammate Edgar Escobar followed by blasting a shot into the back of the net from 30 yards out, making the score 3-0 at the 49:44 mark.

The Eagles responded with a good offensive flurry as Ben Lewis put a shot on goal that was saved by McDaniel keeper Nick Over. The Eagles also had several corner kick opportunities but were unable to take advantage.

In the closing minutes, Chris Black and Dean Bryant put shots on goal, but Over saved Black’s shot while the Green Terror defense cleared Bryant’s attempt off the goal line for a defensive save.

The Eagles, now 1-6 overall, return to conference play Saturday evening when they travel to Lynchburg for a7:00  p.m. contest.


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