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2013 Season In Review: Another Solid Season For The Eagles

2013 Season In Review: Another Solid Season For The Eagles

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The 2013 season turned out to be another solid campaign for the Bridgewater Eagles women's soccer program.

The Eagles posted their fifth straight winning season with an 11-8-1 record and reached the conference tournament semifinals. During the past five seasons the Eagles have posted a 58-34-6 overall record. Bridgewater has won at least seven conference games in each of the past five seasons for a 38-17-2 ODAC record.

Bridgewater posted a 3-3 record against the non-conference portion of its schedule with wins over Dallas, Southern Virginia and Salem. Salem won its conference and played in the NCAA tournament. Two of the team's losses came against Salisbury and Averett, teams that combined for a 22-12-2 record in 2013.

During the conference slate, the Eagles posted all seven of its victories via shutout. All four of the Eagles losses were by one goal. Bridgewater lost to Shenandoah and Lynchburg by a score of 1-0 and lost to Virginia Wesleyan and Washington and Lee by a score of 2-1.

The Eagles forged a 2-2 tie with Roanoke College during an exciting regular season matchup. Bridgewater led 1-0 at the half on a goal by Julia Baca, but the Maroons scored two goals during a seven-minute span midway through the second half to take the lead. With less than six minutes to play in regulation senior Sarah Conner scored the tying goal for the Eagles.

Bridgewater entered the conference tournament as the No. 6 seed and traveled to Virginia Wesleyan for a first round game. For the second year in a row, the Eagles knocked off the Marlins in tournament play when Anna Theisen headed in the game's only goal with less than five minutes left, lifting the Eagles to a 1-0 victory.

The season came to an end in the conference semifinals when W&L earned a 3-0 victory over the Eagles.

Several Eagles earned postseason recognition for their strong play during the 2013 season.

Junior defender Elizabeth Stump earned first-team All-ODAC honors for the second consecutive season. Stump was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region third team and the VaSID All-State second team.

Three Eagles – senior Melanie Waters and sophomores Michelle Viegas and Baca were named to the All-ODAC second team. Waters was a second-team all-conference pick in each of her four seasons.

Bridgewater also garnered two prestigious team awards following the season.

Bridgewater was one of 593 women's teams (all divisions) to earn the Team Academic Award from the NSCAA. The be recognized with the academic honor the team needed to post a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the 2012-13 academic year.

The Eagles also received the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Silver Award from the NSCAA.

The NSCAA honors teams with gold, silver or bronze awards to recognize fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by referees throughout the season.

To receive the gold award, teams must have zero yellow cards and zero red cards during the season.

The Eagles received the silver award that goes to teams with no red cards and no more than five yellow cards. Bridgewater received one yellow card during the past playing season.

A total of 254 teams (includes men's and women's teams at all levels of college play) received recognition. The Eagles were the lone team in ODAC to receive the honor.

The Eagles lose two seniors – forwards Conner and Waters – to graduation, but will return most of its starting lineup as the program prepares to make another run at a conference title in 2014.