BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater broke free from a scoreless tie with three goals during an 11-minute span in the second half and the Eagles went on to defeat Shenandoah, 4-0, Wednesday in the ODAC opener for both squads.
Bridgewater got on the board in the 67th minute when Matthew Pagano played a long ball from the back ahead to Eagles forward Thomas White. White raced past the defender and drilled a shot from the left side into the back of the net for a 1-0 Eagles lead.
The Eagles made it 2-0 in the 76th minute when freshman Ethan Fitzgerald played a cross from the left side into the middle of the box where Eric Hogge punched his shot past the keeper for his first goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, Bridgewater tallied again. Fitzgerald took a quick throw in from the left sideline and found White near the top of the box. White took one touch to sidestep a defender and then put his shot past the keeper for his second goal of the game and his fifth of the season.
The Eagles added their final score in the closing minutes when freshman Caleb Needle played a long ball ahead to fellow freshman Nick Benjamin. Benjamin touched the ball past Shenandoah keeper Sam Fischer who was closing out quickly and then Benjamin banged his shot into the open goal for the final 4-0 margin.
Bridgewater controlled play in the second half, taking 12 shots to just two for the Hornets. The Eagles finished the game with a 19-6 edge in total shots and a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Quentin Boric posted two saves in the contest to finish with his second shutout of the season.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Eagles. Bridgewater, now 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the ODAC, is back in action Saturday when the Eagles host Emory & Henry in ODAC action. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.