Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Hollins on Senior Day

Bridgewater Stays in ODAC Title Race

Justin Rogers, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va.- Coming off a loss and a tie two weeks prior, the Eagles needed a win to stay alive in the ODAC championship race. Junior goalie Alyssa Pearson, senior forward Bailey Kratz and senior midfielder Isabella Krider were all honored before the game. Krider did not play because of an injury. 

Bridgewater started out fast out of the gate in the beginning of the game, but could not get it in the back of the net. Nine minutes in, the Eagles broke though with a pass from junior midfielder Morgan Todd to junior midfielder Sydney Ryan. Ryan placed the ball just past the keeper to make it 1-0. 

Seconds later, the Eagles struck again with a cross from Kratz in the box to Todd. Though they were up 2-0, they did not let off the gas pedal. Bridgewater had many chances, getting the ball in the box with crosses and corners. 

Three minutes later the Eagles scored again. As the ball was being tracked in a loaded goalkeeper’s box, sophomore defender Cyan Coates snuck the ball past the goalkeeper to put Bridgewater up 3-0.

Bridgewater had one more surge left in them before the half and converted a penalty kick. After already having an assist in the half, Kratz capped her senior day with another goal. Bridgewater dominated on defense, allowing no shots for Hollins in the first half and ended the half up 4-0.

Bridgewater came into the second half hungry for more, not showing any signs of slowing down with a goal in the first twenty-two seconds. The Eagles scored their fifth goal off a penalty with junior forward Bridget Fabiani getting it in. 

Soon after, the Eagles put the game out of reach with a pass from sophomore forward Hunter Collier resulting in a goal just sneaking into the post by freshman forward Ana Elson, making it 6-0. 

The Eagles then showed their strength of crossing with another goal for Fabiani off the cross from freshman defender Angel Finch. 

After a stoppage of time due to an injured Hollins player, the Eagles ended their day of scoring with Coats scoring her second goal of the day off a corner by junior midfielder Catherine Haufe. The Eagles won 8-0 and advanced their record in the ODAC to 5-1-1. 

Bridgewater was solid on defense the entire game with a shutout. Hollins never had the chance to put the ball into the Eagles’ net while Bridgewater had a good portion of the possession in Hollins’ territory. 

The Eagles look to take this momentum into the ODAC playoffs. The Eagles finished last year losing in the ODAC Championship, but look poised to make it back and claim their spot in the Division III National Women’s soccer tournament.