- Bridgewater sophomore Catherine Haufe scored in the second overtime Saturday to lift the Eagles to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Frostburg State in women's soccer non-conference play.
Scoring opportunities were rare on each side as play was contained in the midfield and both defenses were in position most of the contest.
Frostburg State (1-3) held a slim 6-4 edge in shots in the first half, but the Eagles outshot the visitors 13-5 in the second half and overtimes.
Each team had good scoring opportunity late in regulation.
In the 79th minute Frostburg was awarded a corner kick. Gwen Schwemm took the corner for the Bobcats and served a perfect ball toward the back post. Danielle Ferris was there for the touch and she put the ball toward the post. Eagles defender Maddie Grim was in position to stop the ball from rolling across the line and goalkeeper Hayley Talbott picked up the loose ball to end the Frostburg opportunity.
In the 85th minute, the Eagles went on the attack and Keri Rager worked around her defender for a clear shot from straightaway at the top of the box. Her shot was blocked by a defender and, after a second shot was also blocked, the ball ended up on Haufe's foot. Haufe put a shot on goal, but Bobcats goalkeeper Jenny Bullers was in position to make the save.
With the clock nearing the one minute mark in regulation the Eagles had one last opportunity. Rager cleared the ball from the defensive end to Haufe and Haufe sent a pass ahead to Isabella Krider. Krider had the ball in the box when she appeared to be taken down from behind. No penalty was called, however and the teams headed to pvertime.
The Eagles scored what looked to be the game-winner early in the first overtime when Rager sent a pass across the box to Anna Sobus and Sobus put her shot into the back of the net. The team rushed the field in celebration, but then had to retreat to the sideline as the near-side official had his flag in the air, signalling that Sobus was offisde on the play.
Bridgewater netted the game-winner in the 107th minute. Rager had control near the top of the box and pushed a pass to her right to Haufe. Haufe tooke one touch and was just inside the box when she put a shot on goal toward the upper near corner. Bullers made a lunging attempt to stop the shot, but the ball bounced off her outstretched hand and into the net for a 1-0 Eagles victory.
Talbott recorded five saves in the contest to earn her first shutout of the season for the Eagles, Bullers finished with seven saves for the Bobcats.
With the victory, the Eagles improved to 2-1-1 on the season. Bridgewater is back in action Wednesday when it makes a road trip to Maryland to play St. Mary's