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Eagles, Hornets Play To A 2-2 Tie

Canandez Long controls the ball for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - After a first-half shootout that ended in a 2-2 tie, the defenses took over in the second half as Bridgewater and Lynchburg finished in a 2-2 deadlock Wednesday afternoon.

The Eagles are now 2-7-1 overall while the tie was the third striaght for the Hornets, now 3-3-4 on the season. The contest was a non-conference game and will not count in the ODAC standings.

Bridgewater struck first with a goal in the third minute. Thomas White earned a corner from the far side and played the corner quickly. The Eagles put the ball into the box where it was cleared out by a Lynchburg defender. The ball went directly to Canandez Long who eluded two defenders and then hit the shot from just outside the box with his left foot for the goal, the first of his college career.

Lynchburg evened the score in the 12th minute off a corner kick opportunity. Joey Daly played the ball to the back post where Jack Ashby got a foot on the ball and directed a shot into the net to tie the score at 1-1.

Bridgewater regained the lead in the 19th minute when White slotted a through ball ahead to Leo Alcantara who worked past the Lynchburg back line. Alcantara beat the keeper to put the Eagles back on top 2-1.

The Hornets answered again with a goal in the 32nd minute. Lynchburg was awarded a free kick and Thomas Lyons sent the kick deep into the box toward the far post. Carter Averette got a touch on the ball and his shot rolled back toward the opposite post and just past the Eagles' keeper to tie the score at 2-2.

Lynchburg had the best chance to snap the tie with a free kick midway through the second overtime session. Ashby took the kick and sent a shot past the wall toward the near post where freshman keeper Mark Collins made a diving save to preserve the 2-2 tie.

Collins, making his first career start, finished the contest with 10 saves.

Bridgewater returns to action Saturday afternoon when the Eagles host Hampden-Sydney for an ODAC contest.