BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Washington and Lee scored all three of its goals in the final 27 minutes Wednesday afternoon to defeat Bridgewater, 3-0, in ODAC men's soccer action.
Play was even in the first half with the Generals holding a 5-4 edge in shots. Corner kicks were even at one apiece and each team put three shots on goal.
The Eagles threatened early in the second half with a strong opportunity in the 50th minute. Thomas White sent a ball from midfield down the near sideline to Brandon Bryant. Bryant took the ball toward the end line and sent a cross into the box. Eagles freshman Luke Stubbs was making a run from the top of the box and hit a solid header toward the near post, however the shot hit the post and ricocheted back in play.
The Eagles kept pressure on the W&L defense when Jacob Heiston took a quick throw-in for the Eagles near midfield and put his throw into space. Stubbs got past his defender and sent a pass across the box, but White was unable to get on the back end of the pass and the Generals cleared the ball away.
Bridgewater continued to attack and had another scoring opportunity in the 56th minute. Heiston sent a ball from the right side toward the far post. White was there and he hit his header back toward the opposite post but his shot was just wide of the mark as the contest remained scoreless.
W&L (9-3-1, 7-0-1 in the ODAC) broke the deadlock in the 64th minute. Jack Miller sent a cross from the left side toward the back post and the ball was headed back into the middle of the box. The Eagles were unable to clear the ball and W&L's Viktor Dolberg cleaned up the loose ball and hit his shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The Generals scored again in the 75th minute. W&L took a throw-in from near midfield to Danny Tran who got behind his defender. Tran worked into the box where Bridgewater's Andrew Noll flicked the ball away with a solid tackle. Dylan Ritch ran onto the loose ball and hit a low shot with his left foot just inside the near post to make it 2-0.
Ritch added his second goal on a penalty kick in the 79th minute for the final 3-0 margin.
With the victory, the Generals kept pace with Lynchburg at the top of the ODAC standings.
Bridgewater, now 8-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the ODAC, faces another tough task Saturday when they travel to play Lynchburg. Game time is 7:30 p.m.