BRIDGEWATER, Va. – After securing a victory at Southern Virginia University on Saturday, the women's soccer team continued their road trip when they traveled an hour north on Sunday afternoon to take on Bridgewater College, falling 2-0 to the Eagles to close out the weekend.
Bridgewater struck quickly, notching their first goal of the match in the 8th minute. The Eagles took a shot from the middle of the box through traffic where goalkeeper Hope Knussman made two good saves before the ball rebounded to Bailey Kratz, who redirected the ball into the corner of the net.
The remainder of the first half showcased an even-tempo play between both sides as the ball spent most of its time in the middle of the field. At halftime, Bridgewater led Salisbury in shots, 6-2.
The Eagles had an opportunity to double their lead to begin the second half but was squandered. An insuing Salisbury corner kick was quickly defended as the ball was sent downfield and received by an Eagle forward in open field. Midfielder Abby MacDonald hustled back to make a great defensive play and keep her opponent from getting off an open shot, holding the Eagle lead at one.
Bridgewater eventually capitalized in the 64th minute, increasing their lead to two. Bridget Fabiani received a pass from teammate Catherine Haufe before turning upfield and breaking through the defense to bury her shot just past the outstretched reach of Knussman.
The Sea Gulls finished the match leading in shots at 11-9, with both teams earning two corner kicks a side. Knussman earned three saves to increase her season total to 38, good for the third in the Capital Athletic Conference.
The Women's soccer team returns to action next Saturday, September 30th when they travel to Fredericksburg, Virginia to take on the Eagles from the University of Mary Washington. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.