LEXXINGTON, Va. - Washington and Lee advanced to the title game of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women's soccer tournament with a 3-0 victory Tuesday afternoon over the Bridgewater College Eagles.
Bridgewater had opportunities early, but the Eagles were unable to cash in against the Generals defense.
The Eagles misfired on a chance to take the lead in the opening minutes. Bridgewater had the game's first set piece with a corner kick just two minutes in. Nikole Blackwell floated the corner kick into the box where the Generals had a tough time clearing the ball. The Eagles' Melanie Waters got a touch on the ball just in front of the W&L keeper, but Waters was unable to get a solid shot off and Addie Healy made the save to turn away the scoring threat.
Bridgewater kept early pressure on the Generals as defender Alycia Giauque pushed forward and lined a shot on goal that Healy was once again was able to handle for the save.
The Generals countered with two shots on goal, but Bridgewater keeper Taylor Riley was in position each time to keep the game scoreless.
Washington and Lee was first on the scoreboard with a goal in the 22nd minute. Tricia Jessee struck a shot to the far post from inside the box on the right side. The shot hit the post and caromed into the back of the net for a 1-0 Generals lead. The goal was Jessee's ninth of the season.
The Generals added their second goal in the 36th minute. Haley Ward's corner kick went just over the hands of keeper Riley and bounced off an Eagles defender for the score. The own goal gave the Generals the 2-0 lead.
W&L held a slim 9-7 edge in shots in the first half with each team putting six shots on goal. Riley recorded four first-half saves while Healy ended the first half with six saves
The Eagles were unable to mount a consistent attack against the stout Generals defense in the second half, managing just four shots, none on goal, in the first 39 minutes of the second half.
The Generals then put the game away with another goal off a corner kick situation. W&L's first touch hit the post and bounced back into the box where Katherine Rush cleaned up the reobund by putting her shot into the open goal for a 3-0 Generals lead with just six minutes left in the game.
W&L finished the contest with a 22-12 edge in shots and an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks. Riley recorded seven assists while W&L keeper Healy finished with six saves.
The Generals advance to the ODAC title game where they will meet the winner of Tuesday evening's other semifinal featuring No. 1 seed Lynchburg against the fourth seed, Shenandoah University.
Bridgewater closes out its season with an 11-8-1 overall record.