GLASSBORO, N.J. – Bridgewater College opened its 2018 women's soccer season Saturday afternoon by stunning Rowan University on the Profs' home turf by a score of 1-0.
Rowan, a NCAA tournament team a year ago, was picked to finish second in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) preseason poll. Rowan finished the 2017 season ranked No. 25 in the nation in the D3soccer.com poll.
The contest was scoreless into the 76th minute when Bridgewater College first-year midfielder Hanna Randolph put a shot into the upper corner of the net from the left side just out of the box for the game's only goal.
The Bridgewater defense kept the Rowan attack under wraps for most of the game. The Profs held a slim 13-11 edge in total shots, but just three attempts were on goal. Bridgewater sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Davis registered three saves to record her first career shutout.
The Eagles also did a sound job defending set pieces as the Profs held an 8-4 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
Randolph paced the Eagles with four shots, three of those on goal. Junior midfielder Catherine Haufe added three shots with two on goal.
The Eagles return to action Sunday afternoon with the opportunity to face one of the top programs in the country – The College of New Jersey. The Lions, the NJAC preseason favorite, advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2017 and are ranked No. 3 in the United Soccer Coaches 2018 preseason Top 25.