BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College men's soccer team closed out its regular season and celebrated Senior Day with a 1-0 victory Wednesday afternoon over Shenandoah University.
With the victory, the Eagles forged a tie for sixth place in the conference standings with Virginia Wesleyan College as both team finished with a 6-5 ODAC record. Virginia Wesleyan gained the No. 6 seed for the upcoming ODAC tournament by virtue of its regular season victory over the Eagles.
The Eagles claimed the No. 7 seed and will travel to Washington and Lee to meet the second-seeded Generals. W&L won the regular season meeting between the teams by a score of 3-0. Game time for Saturday's game in Lexington, Va., will be announced later this week.
Wednesday's victory snapped a four-game Bridgewater losing streak and guaranteed the Eagles their first winning season since the 2004 team finished with an 8-6-4 record. The Eagles, now 10-7 overall, hit the 10-win mark for the first time since 2005 when that team finished at 10-10-1.
The Eagles had been shut out in their four previous games and Wednesday they came out with an aggressive offensive attack. The Eagles got off nine shots in the first 15 minutes but were unable to find the back of the net.
In the first half, the Eagles outshot the Hornets, 15-2, and held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. The half ended in a scoreless tie as Shenandoah keeper James Dutcher turned away four shots to keep the Eagles off the board.
The Eagles finally got on the board at the 62:52 mark behind a stellar individual effort from Ryan Tavernaris. The Bridgewater senior dribbled into the box from the right side, split a pair of Shenandoah defenders and drilled a shot from 15 yards past Dutcher and into the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles had a chance to add to their lead late in the game, but Ryan Morgan's shot from 20 yards hit the cross bar and bounced back into the field of play. Bridgewater had three shots hit the cross bar during the course of the game.
The Eagles finished the contest with a 24-7 advantage in shots and an 11-1 margin in corner kicks.
TJ Martin recorded one save during the contest to post his second shutout victory of the season.