BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College junior Cyan Coates hit the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining in the first overtime Wednesday afternoon to lift the Eagles to a 2-1 victory over Roanoke College in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament.
Coates started the season as a starter on the back line before being moved to a forward spot midway through the year. The move has paid dividends as the junior has scored 12 points this season and Tuesday's goal was her fourth, and biggest, of the season.
The winning play started out of the defensive end as freshman Lexi Winkler cleared a ball out to midfield where Coates ran onto the ball with plenty of space ahead. Coates dribbled to the top of the box on the left side, stopped, and side-stepped the last defender before hitting her winning shot to the far post, just out of the reach of Roanoke goalkeeper Chris Martin to send the Eagles to the ODAC semifinals.
Wednesday's matchup figured to be an even affair as the teams played to a 0-0 draw during the regular season.
Bridgewater (12-6-2) got on the board first just past the midway point of the first half. The Eagles earned a corner kick and Catherin Haufe played the ball quickly, touching it just ahead to Hanna Randolph. Randolph sent the ball into the middle of the box and Sydney Ryan volleyed the ball out of the air and hit the shot past Martin from 10 yards out, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute.
Bridgewater held the lead until the 59th minute when the Maroons evened the score. The ball was loose near the right edge of the box where Roanoke's Tessa Walsh hustled to get a touch on the ball, sending it out toward the top of the box. Kathryn Van Orden was open and hit her shot just inside the near post and past Eagles' keeper Sydney Davis, tyign the contest at one goal apiece.
Roanoke (13-6-1) held a slim 13-11 edge in corner kicks and an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. Bridgewater's back line did a good job of making the Maroons take most of the shots from long range as Davis was forced to make just one save. Martin finished with three saves for the Maroons.
Bridgewater will meet the undefeated Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets (19-0) in the semifinals Saturday on the Jackets' home pitch. Randolph-Macon snapped a 1-1 tie with three goals during a five-miute span in the second half to eliminate Lynchburg, 4-1, in quarterfinal action.
During the regular season, the Yellow Jackets edged the Eagles 1-0.
Saturday's semifinal matchup will begin at noon.