BRIDGEWATER, VA - Three second half goals helped lift the Bridgewater College Eagles to a 3-2 victory over the Hampden-Sydney soccer team on Saturday afternoon.
Hampden-Sydney and Bridgewater each had several scoring opportunities in the first half, but strong goalkeeper play kept each offense in check up until the last minute of the first stanza. After a Bridgewater yellow card at 44:30, James Lawrence (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian) finished on a Bryan Talbert (Seaford, VA/York) pass just three seconds later to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead and momentum heading into the second-half.
The momentum proved to be short lived. Alec Utter notched the tie-maker in the 51st minute and Patrick Thornton but the Eagles up 2-1 in the 58th minute. Just seconds later, Lawrence fired off a shot, but BC goalkeeper Travis Morris continued his strong day with a save. In the 66th minute, Nick DeProspero (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) made it a 2-2 contest.
With each team being aggressive and looking to give them a big one-goal advantage late in the game, each team traded shots on goal but Morris and Duncan Oliphant (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis) keep their opponents at bay with several saves. However, the Eagles were able to get one shot the Tiger defense as Ryan Tavernaris finished on a Derek Newsome save for the game-winner in the 81st minute. Bryan Wharton (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) and Robert Stephens (Williamsburg, VA/Lafayette) each had great scoring chances in the closing minutes, but Morris stopped each shot to preserve the Eagle win.
The Tigers outshot the Eagles 14-12 and held a 6-1 edge in corner kicks. The difference proved to be in saves where Morris posted eight to Oliphant's four. Bridgewater also recorded 13 fouls and two yellow cards compared to nine fouls and one yellow card for Hampden-Sydney.