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Field Hockey Beats Marlins on Homecoming

Field Hockey Beats Marlins on Homecoming

Freshman Emily Matisons recorded a hat trick and an assist despite having an early goal waved off, as the Bridgewater College field hockey team defeated Virginia Wesleyan 4-0 on Homecoming Saturday.

Matisons also recorded her fifth game winner of the season. The Eagles thought they had a quick 1-0 lead on the game's first corner when Matisons' shot went in off the arm of VWC goalie Skye Swain. The shot was ruled too high however.

Matisons did get one soon after however, lifting a shot into the corner in the 10th minute to officially open the scoring.

The rookie added her second of the contest, and 10th of the season, late in the first half on another unassisted tally.

She completed her hat trick in the second half. Swain came out to stop a breakway from Shannon Strosser, VWC defender Alyssa Ochsenfeld made a defensive save on Marisa Sims, and Matisons finally finished the play off for a 3-0 lead.

Just 76 seconds later Matisons added an assist, flipping the ball over to freshman Jacqueline DiFulvio at the right post after Swain had saved her first attempt.

Early in the game Sims had picked off a pass at the back and was nearly in on a breakaway, but Ochsenfeld got back to intercept at the last second.

Swain made seven saves in the first half as the Eagles had other good chances to extend their advantage. The Marlins had a penalty corner with time expired and Eagle defender Georgia Howard rushed out to clear it away without a shot attempt.

Early in the second half senior Strosser slipped a perfect pass through to Tessa Tierson, forcing Swain to come sliding out to cut the ball off.

Bridgewater worked the ball around the circle on a corner with 25 minutes remaining and Matisons hit a slap shot that was blocked by Swain. The Eagles then had a 3-on-1 break but Matisons shot wide after a nice pass from Sims on the right wing.

Freshman Ali Bishop recorded her fifth shutout, and the team's ninth of the season, making three saves. With 17:45 remaining, she kept VWC off the board by kicking away an outside shot by Taylor Marshall on a corner.

Bridgewater improves to 10-5, 5-1 and is tied for second place in the ODAC with Washington & Lee. The Eagles travel to face fourth place Shenandoah on Wednesday at 4 p.m.