LYNCHBURG, Va. - For the second year in a row, Bridgewater took down a Top 5 team on the road as the Eagles shut out No. 5 Lynchburg 2-0 Saturday evening, handing the Hornets their first loss of the season.
The Hornets entered the contest with an 11-0-2 overall record and were ranked No. 5 by D3Soccer.com and No. 7 in the United Soccer Coaches poll. Lynchburg was also the top-ranked team in the South Atlantic Region.
A year ago, Bridgewater defeated Washington and Lee in Lexington when the Generals were ranked fifth in the country.
Saturday night, the Eagles scored two goals in the first 21 minutes of the game and that margin proved to be enough.
Bridgewater took the lead in the 10th minute when senior Jacob Heiston scored for a 1-0 Bridgewater lead. The goal was Heiston's second of the season.
With 24 minutes left on the first half clock, the Eagles increased the margin to 2-0 when freshman Luke Stubbs found the back of the net for his second goal of 2018.. Senior forward Thomas White was credited with the assist on the goal, his fifth assist of the season.
Lynchburg just missed getting on the board in the final minute of the first half when Bhayle Kearns put a shot on frame, but the ball hit the post and bounced back into the field of play.
The Lynchburg offense kept plenty of pressure on the Eagles, but Bridgewater's defense was up to the task. The Hornets held a 14-7 edge in total shots and an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Hornets nearly scored in the 89th minute when Austin Kues put his shot on goal but Eagles' defender Andrew Noll cleared the shot off the line to preserve the shutout.
Bridgewater goalkeeper Quentin Boric turned in a strong performance against the Hornets, registering six saves for his fourth shutout of the season.
Bridgewater closes out its regular season next Saturday with another tough road trip as the Eagles travel to Salem, Va., to face Roanoke College. Game time is 7:00 p.m.