FROSTBURG, Md. - The College of New Jersey scored two goals less than one minute apart early in the second half and the Lions went on to defeat the Bridgewater College Eagles 2-1 Saturday afternoon at the Frostburg State tournament.
The teams battled on even terms throughout the first half with the Lions holding a slim 6-5 lead in shots.
Bridgewater scored the only goal in the first half to take the lead in the 35th minute. Eagles freshman Alex Piro beat Michael Kayal one-on-one with a shot just over the keeper's head for a 1-0 Bridgewater lead.
The second half, however was controlled by The College of New Jersey. The Lions kept the pressure on the Eagles' defense with 12 shots in the final 45 minutes while holding Bridgewater to zero shot attempts.
The Lions tied the score in the 56th minute when Nick Sample took a Michael Kassak cross from the right side and hit the shot from seven yards out to even the score at 1-1.
Just 44 seconds later a misplayed ball by the Eagles led to a breakaway and James Pike converted for the Lions, making the score 2-1. Kassak registered another assist on the play.
The College of New Jersey finished with an 18-5 edge in shots, including an 8-2 margin in shots on goal. The Lions also had a 7-3 edge in corner kick opportunities.
Bridgewater goalkeeper Quentin Boric recorded eight saves in the contest.
The Eagles will look to pick up their first win of the season next weekend when they play in the Seahawks Classic hosted by St. Mary's College. Bridgewater opens play on Saturday against Salisbury.