BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College field hockey team beat Shenandoah in the first of two consecutive meetings between the teams, defeating their upcoming postseason opponent 1-0 at Jopson Field.
Sophomore Ali Bishop made 11 saves for a big shutout, as the Eagles played shorthanded for nine of the 35 minutes in the second half.
Bridgewater scored the only goal with 27:08 remaining in the game. A Shenandoah turnover gave the Eagles numbers and left Tessa Tierson open on the left side. Her shot was redirected into the upper part of the cage by Meghan Obaugh to get BC on the board.
Bridgewater successfully defended four corners over the next 10 minutes, and Tierson nearly stole another goal on the counterattack after just missing the near left post.
Tierson broke through the Hornet defense in the second minute of play and crossed in front of goal. Obaugh had a chance at the tap in, but didn't get enough behind the shot as Jenna Rampale got back across to make the save.
The Hornets earned the game's first two penalty corners about 15 minutes in. On the second one, Emily Matisons was at the post to tip a Kayla Alderman shot away for the defensive save.
Melissa DeiTos had a chance from the left side six minutes before halftime but the chance was kicked away by Bishop. Overall, the two teams combined for just six shots on target and three penalty corners in a scoreless first half.
Karinne Moyer was shown a green card early in the second half, but the Eagles survived the two minutes shorthanded without a shot on goal. BC also had to kill off a 9-on-10 in the second period after a yellow card on Obaugh and matching green cards for both sides. Tierson was then shown a card within the final four minutes.
Bridgewater (7-10, 4-3) and Shenandoah (9-8, 3-4) will meet again on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the ODAC quarterfinals, with BC earning the right to host based on tonight's victory. Washington & Lee is the top seed and will host the winner on Friday in the semifinals.