VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – In the 2011 Old Dominion Athletic Conference opener for the Bridgewater College (1-4, 0-1 ODAC) field hockey team, the Eagles kept pace with Virginia Wesleyan throughout the contest, but couldn't overcome two Marlins goals early in the second stanza in a 2-0 defeat.
After a ten minute feeling out period at the beginning of the game, Bridgewater looked to strike first but the shot attempt from junior Kelly Ryan (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) was blocked, keeping the game scoreless.
Virginia Wesleyan (2-3, 1-0 ODAC) had a pair of opportunities in the middle part of the first half, but Bridgewater goalkeeper Taylor Waddell (Reedsville, Pa./Indian Valley) thwarted the Marlins offense to keep things at a 0-0 stand still in a cold and rainy contest, which is where things would stay as the two teams went to the locker room.
Out of the intermission, Virginia Wesleyan wasted little time in getting on the board when Nikki Cuthbert erased the deadlock off of an assist from Taylor Lober to put the Marlins up 1-0.
Bridgewater quickly moved into the offensive end and had an opportunity less than a minute after the Marlins tally, but Ryan's shot off of the corner went wide, keeping the game at a 1-0 Virginia Wesleyan advantage with 31 minutes to play.
Following the Eagles chance on the offensive end, the Marlins quickly moved downfield and added an insurance goal when Allie Lanna took a Cuthbert pass and beat Waddell to extend the Virginia Wesleyan lead to 2-0 in the 41st minute.
Bridgewater applied the pressure during the back end of the stanza but couldn't get on the scoreboard, despite three shots down the stretch before falling by a 2-0 score.
Ryan led the Bridgewater offense with a pair of shots on the day as the Eagles were outshot by a slim 9-to-7 tally. Virginia Wesleyan also owned the corners battle by a 6-3 margin.
In the cage, Waddell allowed both Marlin tallies and turned away four shots in the loss. Virginia Wesleyan goalkeeper Kirsten Olson picked up the win for the Marlins, turning away three shots along the way.
Bridgewater is back in action on Wednesday when it returns home to do battle with Hood. Action from Mapp Field is slated for a 4:30 p.m. start.