BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College men's soccer schedule is loaded with home dates as 11 of the team's 17 matches will be played on the Eagles' pitch.
Bridgewater posted one of the best seasons in program history, finishing with an 11-7-1 record. The Eagles advanced to the ODAC Championship match for the first time in program history where their season ended with a loss to Washington and Lee.
"We are excited about our schedule this fall. Our schedule is always tough, but we took a calculated approach to strengthening it even more," said Eagles' head coach Ryan Bennison. "We should be involved in some exciting matches and be well prepared for the highly competitive ODAC portion of the schedule."
The Eagles open the season with seven non-conference contests, the first three at home.
The opening weekend of the season features home matches against William Peace and York. William Peace posted an 8-5-5 record in 2018 while the Spartans were 10-6-1.
Bridgewater closes it three-match home-stand against Averett. The Cougars were 4-13-1 a year ago and lost to the Eagles 2-0.
The Eagles then make their annual trip to St. Mary's College in Maryland for the Seahawks Classic. Bridgewater opens against the home team. St. Mary's was 12-4-4 a year ago and defeated the Eagles 2-0. The Seahawks advanced to the 2018 CAC Championship match where they lost to nationally-ranked Mary Washington. On Day 2 of the Seahawks Classic. Bridgewater plays Salisbury. The Seagulls were 11-4-3 in 2018 and edged the Eagles, 1-0.
Bridgewater then hosts first-year program Mary Baldwin before closing its non-conference slate at home against a strong Johns Hopkins program. Hopkins finished 13-5-2 in 2018 and ended the season with a loss to top-ranked Messiah in the second-round of the NCAA tournament.
Bridgewater's non-conference foes combined for a 58-37-17 record during the 2018 season.
The Eagles will host six ODAC opponents in 2019 with matches against Washington and Lee, Eastern Mennonite, Lynchburg, Hampden-Sydney, Roanoke and Virginia Wesleyan.