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White Scores Two Goals To Spark Eagles To A 3-1 Victory Over Sewanee

Thomas White scored two goals in the win over Sewanee

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College scored three goals in the second half Saturday afternoon to erase a 1-0 deficit as the Eagles rallied to defeat Sewanee 3-1 in men's soccer action.

The Eagles are now 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 1998 when the team started the season with three straight wins.

Saturday's game was part of a two-day event co-hosted by the Eagles and Eastern Mennonite. Friday's win over Bethany, coupled with Saturday's victory, gives the Eagles the title in this year's Bridgewater-Eastern Mennonite Men's Soccer Classic.

Junior forward Thomas White had a big day for the Eagles, scoring the first two goals and assisting on the third.

The Sewanee defense kept the Eagles in check during the first half, limiting Bridgewater to just four shots attempts.

The Tigers scored in the 28th minute when Alpo Sipila sent a cross into the box and Justin Chapman converted the goal for a 1-0 Sewanee lead.

Bridgewater evened the score just four minutes into the second half when White chested a ball to the ground and then dribbled past a defender into the box. White won the one-on-one battle against the keeper with a shot just inside the post, evening the score at 1-1.

Three minutes later, the Tigers were poised to regain the lead when the Eagles were whistled for a foul inside the box. Sewanee's Kyle Johnston took the PK, but his attempt sailed high above the crossbar.

Bridgewater wasted little time in taking advantage of the miscue as the Eagles scored just 23 seconds after the missed PK to take the lead for good. Jacob Heiston sent a through ball to White who raced past the last defender and easily beat the keeper for his second goal of the day and a 2-1 Eagles lead.

"No doubt the missed PK was a big momentum swing," said Eagles' head coach Ryan Bennison.

The Eagles added an insurance goal in the 79th minute when White sent a cross into the box from the right side on to the foot of Ian LaVallee and the Eagles' freshman connected for the goal, giving Bridgewater a 3-1 lead.

LaVallee was the third first-year player to score a goal this weekend, joining Caleb Needle and Justin Thorburn who scored in Friday's win.

"Our freshmen were strong this weekend," said White following Saturday's win. "We expect them to come in and play good minutes and this weekend they did that and more."

Sewanee held a slim 14-12 edge in shots attempts while corner kicks were even at five apiece.

Bridgewater goalkeeper Quentin Boric had another solid game, finishing with four saves.

"I thought our fitness level and our depth made a difference today. We kept rotating guys and I thought it paid off in the second half," said Bennison. "The biggest difference in the second half was we finished some plays. We had opportunities in the first half but just didn't convert."

The Eagles are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Averett University. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.