BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater women's soccer team will look to ride the momentum of a historic 2018 season when the team opens play in 2019 at the Washington and Lee Classic.
Bridgewater finished the 2018 season with a 15-4-2 overall record. The Eagles tied for the ODAC regular season title and was the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament for the first time in program history. Bridgewater also made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament, losing to Hope College, 1-0, in the first round.
In addition to a tough conference slate that features matches against NCAA teams Lynchburg and Virginia Wesleyan, both away from home, the Eagles will play eight non-conference contests to open the season.
"We always feel like we play a competitive non-conference schedule and this fall will be no different," said Bridgewater head coach Mike Van Horn. "Denison was ranked inside the Top 25 during the 2018 season and Rowan was an NCAA tournament team. Our first home game is against a strong Gettysburg team. The non-conference schedule should prepare us well for our conference matches."
At the W&L Classic, the Eagles will open the season against Denison, the North Coast Athletic Conference champion. The Big Red finished with a 12-3-2 record and were ranked fifth in the final Great Lakes Region rankings. On Day 2 of the W&L Classic, Bridgewater plays Greensboro College. The Pride posted a 17-1 record a year ago and finished first during the regular season in the USA South East Division standings.
The Eagles kick off their home schedule against Gettysburg College. The Bullets finished with an 8-5-4 record in 2018.
Bridgewater then travels to Fredericksburg, Va., to play in the University of Mary Washington Classic. The Eagles open play against Rowan University. The Profs were 13-4-2 a year ago and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Bridgewater defeated Rowan 1-0 early in the 2018 season.
The Eagles play the host team on the second day of the UMW Classic. Mary Washington posted a 12-4-1 record in 2018, losing in the CAC Championship game to nationally-ranked Christopher Newport.
Bridgewater's first five opponents scheduled for this fall had a combined 52-17-9 record a year ago.
Bridgewater closes out its non-conference portion of the schedule with a home contest against Averett and road dates with N.C. Wesleyan and Salisbury. A year ago, the Eagles took victories over Averett and Salisbury.
The 2019 schedule features eight home contests. In addition to the Gettysburg and Averett matchups, the Eagles will host ODAC foes Roanoke, Randolph-Macon, Shenandoah, Randolph, Eastern Mennonite and Washington and Lee.