BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College men's soccer team will open play in the ODAC Tournament on Friday when the Eagles travel to Randolph College for the No. 8 vs. No. 9 play-in game.
Randolph finished in a tie for seventh place in the ODAC standings with Virginia Wesleyan, both with a 4-4 conference records. Virginia Wesleyan gained the No. 7 seed due to their head-to-head win over the WildCats.
Bridgewater tied with Ferrum College for the final spot in the tournament as both teams finished at 3-5 in the ODAC standings. The Eagles received the No. 9 seed due to their 3-2 victory over the Panthers.
Bridgewater and Randolph played less than a week ago with the WildCats winning on their home pitch by a score of 2-0.
"If we come out and play the way we are capable of playing, it could be a favorable matchup," said Eagles head coach Ryan Bennison "We have a lot of respect for Randolph. They have a good program, a good system and they play hard. If we come and play hard, we feel like we have a pretty good team also."
The winner of Friday's contest will advance to the ODAC quarterfinal round and a matchup with top seed Hampden-Sydney.
WildCats Leading Scorers: Gabe Krueger (10 goals, 3 assists, 23 points; ranks second in ODAC in goals scored), Evan Blow (6 goals, 6 assists, 18 points), Noah Carney (6 goals, 4 assists, 16 points)
Eagles Goalkeeper: Mark Collins, 1.86 goals against average
Randolph Goalkeeper: Erick Cortez-Martine, 1.45 goals against average
The Last Meeting: Randolph defeated the Eagles 2-0 in the regular season matchup on Oct. 26. Evan Blow put the WildCats on the scoreboard late in the first half with a goal off an assist from Kyle May. Gabe Krueger, the ODAC's second-leading goal scorer, added a second half goal off an assist from Daniel Over for the final 2-0 margin. Erick Cortez-Martine recorded six saves to earn the shutout.
All-Time Series: Randolph holds a slim 7-5-1 advantage.