LEXINGTON, Va. - Bridgewater College picked up its first ODAC win of the season Saturday and it was a huge one as the Eagles defeated No. 5 ranked Washington and Lee 2-1.
The win was the third in program history for the Eagles over the Generals and the first in the past 12 years.
Bridgewater's attack was strong in the early going. The Eagles put their first shot on goal in the 13th minute, but Thomas White's attempt was denied by W&L keeper Gillen Beck.
The Eagles got on the scoreboard in the 16th minute when Renato Grgic crossed a ball into the 6-yard box and Julian Ofori scored on a shot to the lower corner for a 1-0 Eagles lead. The goal was Ofori's team-leading fifth of the season.
Once the Eagles took the lead, the team settled back to defend. The Generals finished the half with a 10-3 edge in shots, but keeper Quentin Boric recorded four saves as Bridgewater closed out the half with the 1-0 advantage.
The score remained 1-0 until the 74th minute when Bridgewater added what proved to be a huge second goal.
Bridgewater moved the ball into the offensive end where Leo Alcantara possessed the ball on the right side and lofted a cross toward the far post. Bridgewater's Eric Hogge got his head on the pass and redirected the ball back toward the middle of the box. His header rolled past the W&L keeper, but Generals defender Jack Miller cleared the rolling ball off the line to keep it a one-goal game.
The Eagles kept the ball in their offensive end and scored a minute later. Grgic possessed the ball inside the box and attempted to work along the baseline where he was tripped up. The Generals were whisted for a foul, giving the Eagles a penaly kick and a huge opportunity to pad their lead. Grgic took the PK and Beck made a diving save to his right to stop the low shot. Grgic, however, was first to the ball and he cleaned up the rebound to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
W&L kept the pressure on the Bridgewater defense and the Generals finally slipped a shot past Boric with just 4:09 left on the clock. Generals midfielder Will Hamryka collected a bouncing ball in the center of the box and beat Boric with a shot to the lower corner, trimming the margin to 2-1 and keeping the Generals' comeback hopes alive.
The Generals were relentless with their pressure in the closing minutes, but the Bridgewater defense remained solid.
W&L's best and last chance to score the equalizer came with one minute left when Hamryka's header in traffic was caught by Boric for his final save of the day to preserve what probably ranks as the biggest victory in program history.
Washington and Lee finished with a 28-8 advantage in shots and a 15-3 margin in corner kicks.
Boric made some huge stops for the Eagles and finished the contest with 11 saves. The Eagles put six of their eight shots on frame. Beck recorded four saves for the Generals.
With Saturday's result, both teams are 1-1 in ODAC play. The Eagles, now 4-6 and winners of two straight, return to action Wednesday when they host Virginia Wesleyan for another key conference contest. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.