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First Half Rally Leads Eagles Past VWU

courtney cooke breaks down the field

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College field hockey team scored three unanswered goals in the first half to beat Virginia Wesleyan 3-1 at Jopson Field.

The Eagles recovered from giving up an early goal by getting two from Courtney Cooke in a span of 65 seconds.

Cooke was saved by Skye Swain with 18:53 left in the first half but finished off her own rebound to tie the game at 1-1. Tessa Tierson then broke free on the left side and crossed it to Cooke at the right post to make it 2-1 Eagles.

Bridgewater would lead 3-1 at halftime after scoring again, this time on a penalty corner. The pass went to Karinne Moyer at the left post, who passed it over to Meghan Obaugh at the far side for the goal.

Virginia Wesleyan had scored first exactly 100 seconds into the game, with Julie Fassl finishing up high on a cross from Ashley Parker.

BC goalie Ali Bishop (11 saves) made nine stops in the first half. She dove to block Emily Price when it was still 1-0 Marlins, and got a piece of a hard slap shot by Cori Jackson in the final seconds of the period.

Swain made a good save in the first half after Tierson slipped through the defense and had a 2-on-0 with Cooke, as the VWU goalie got her blocker on Tierson's pass to deny a tap-in.

Swain made a good double save on Tierson and Georgia Howard on a penalty corner 10 minutes into the second half. She later reached double-digit saves on the day with a good stop on Tierson off another corner.

Tierson intercepted a pass with 11 minutes to go, blew past three defenders, and dribbled around Swain, but couldn't get the shot off.

Bridgewater improves to 8-6, 4-2 ODAC and will travel to league leaders Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon. Virginia Wesleyan (6-5, 3-2) falls a half-game behind the Eagles in the conference standings.