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Eagles Blank EMU For Sixth Straight Win

Savannah Cowan settles the ball for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College ran its winning streak to six straight with a 2-0 victory Wednesday afternoon over rival Eastern Mennonite.

Bridgewater took the lead with a goal in the 18th minute. Cyan Coates sent a pass across the top of the box to Sydney Ryan on the left side. Ryan sent a left-footed shot toward the far post and buried the ball into the side net to put the Eagles on the scoreboard.

The first half ended with the Eagles maintaining the 1-0 lead. The Eagles held a narrow 7-4 edge it total shots and a slim 2-1 advantage in corner kicks in the first 45 minutes. Both keepers finished the first half with two saves.

The Eagles outshot the Royals 10-1 in the second half, but the score was still 1-0 entering the final 10 minutes of play.

In the 83rd minute, the Eagles earned a corner kick. Hanna Randolph sent the kick into the middle of the box and the ball was touched out toward the top of the box to Eagles, freshman Lexi Winkler. Winkler hit a shot from straight ahead and Royals' keeper Leah Wenger made a diving save. Wenger, however, was unable to catch the shot cleanly and the ball rolled back into the box. Kaia Richardson was there to clean up the rebound and her goal put the Eagles ahead 2-0.

Eagles' Keeper Sydney Davis finished the contest with three saves to record her third shutout in four games.

The victory was the 11th straight for the Eagles in the series against EMU. The Royals' last win came during the 2008 season.

Bridgewater is now 9-5-2 overall and 5-2 in the ODAC. The Eagles are back in action Saturday when they travel to Greensboro, N.C., for a conference matchup with Guilford College. The contest is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start.