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Eagles, Roanoke Battle To 2-2 Draw

Eagles, Roanoke Battle To 2-2 Draw

BRIDGEWATER. Va. – Bridgewater College punched in a late goal Sunday afternoon to tie its women's soccer contest against Roanoke and the two teams then battled through two scoreless overtime periods as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Eagles were first on the scoreboard with a goal in the fifth minute of play. Ashley Crossman put a pass on to the foot of Julia Baca and the Eagles' sophomore forward beat the Roanoke keeper with a shot just inside the near post from 12 yards out to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Bridgewater maintained its 1-0 lead through the early minutes of the second half. The Maroons then shocked the Eagles with two goals during a seven-minute span to grab the lead.

The Maroons tied the score in the 65th minute when Marlana Barnard lofted a shot from 30 yards out over the head of Eagles' keeper Kelsey Hecker, making the score 1-1. Less than seven minutes later Lauren O'Brien took a pass from Courtney Yoke and put her shot just under the crossbar for a 2-1 Maroons lead.

The Eagles managed to score the equalizer with less than six minutes left in regulation. Bridgewater's Michelle Viegas hit a shot from 20 yards out that bounced off the crossbar. The ball hit the ground in front of the goal and senior Sarah Conner headed the bouncing ball into an open net to tie the score at 2-2.

Bridgewater had a couple of opportunities in the first overtime, but Roanoke keeper Carolyn Sarbacher was up to the task. Early in the session Conner's shot was blocked by a defender, but the Eagles controlled the ball and Viegas hit a shot from 18 yards out that Sarbacher was able to save. In the waning minutes of the first overtime, Nikole Blackwell tried a shot from outside the box, but Sarbacher was once again in position to make the save.

Roanoke finished the contest with a slim 13-11 edge in shots. The Maroons also held the advantage in corner kicks by a 4-0 margin.

Hecker finished the contest with two saves in goal for the Eagles while Sarbacher tallied five saves for the Maroons.

The two teams now have identical 5-3-1 records in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play.

Bridgewater, now 8-6-1 overall, is back in action Wednesday afternoon when it travels to Roanoke for a contest at Hollins University. Game time is 4 p.m.