BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College field hockey team scored on two penalty corners, in a 2-0 ODAC victory over Randolph-Macon on Saturday.
Freshman Emily Matisons scored both goals, after having a hand in both goals of a 2-0 victory last time the Eagles took the field (at Frostburg State).
The Eagles held a 27-4 advantage in shots, with Randolph-Macon goalie Kelsey Stanley recording 15 saves, and earned 11 penalty corners to RMC's two.
After the opening 20 minutes featured just two combined shots on goal, Bridgewater broke through on the game's second penalty corner. Laura Gretz received the insert and played it back across to Matisons on the left side, who one-timed a shot into the cage.
The Eagles made it 2-0 with 13:52 remaining on another corner. This time it was Elizabeth Washington who fed Matisons, with the freshman ripping a near post shot past Stanley.
Neither team had a shot on goal until the eighth minute in a start that was largely controlled by the Eagles, with BC defender Georgia Howard cutting out RMC's one early foray deep into Eagle territory.
The first chance came on Stanley's low diving stop to her right to deny Madison Clement.
The Yellow Jackets broke the other direction and goalie Ali Bishop smothered a close-range chance from Sara Sprinkel. Kaitee Nicholas then shot wide with Sprinkel waiting in the goalmouth for a second rebound chance.
With nine minutes left in the first half a deflected ball looped high in the air and was controlled by Clement on the right side of the area, with her shot redirected by Matisons just wide of the far post.
The Eagles had a flurry at the end of the first half with time expired, earning two penalty corners and having shots from both Tessa Tierson and Matisons saved by Stanley.
Early in the second half Marisa Sims fired a chance just wide of the near post, after earlier working hard in the corner to chase a long ball down and win back possession for the Eagles.
With 17 minutes left Matisons shot inches wide after Shannon Strosser had made a cutting run through the defense. Clement and Tierson couldn't redirect chances on target in the next few minutes as Bridgewater got closer to a second goal.
Bridgewater improves to 5-3, 2-1 ODAC and will travel to Ferrum tomorrow in a game that was postponed on Wednesday due to thunderstorms.
Randolph-Macon, who barely missed the playoffs last fall in a three-way tie with fifth-seeded Roanoke and sixth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan, falls to 1-7 and 0-2 in ODAC play.
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