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Eagles, Generals Battle To 1-1 Tie

BRIDGEWATER, VA. - Bridgewater College and visiting Washington and Lee battled to a 1-1 tie Monday afternoon in ODAC soccer action.

The Generals controlled play for much of the first half. W&L held an 8-1 edge in shots in the first half, but the Eagles defense was able to turn back the Generals offensive efforts and the teams went to the break tied at 0-0.

W&L's pressure paid off early in the first half when John Stalle took a pass across the box from Jamie Paldino and stroked a shot past BC keeper Travis Morris (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) to put the Generals on top in the 48th minute.

The Generals maintained the advantage until the 76th minute when the Eagles finally broke through. Ryan Tavernaris (Staunton, Va./Fort Defiance) took a pass from Daniel Visone (Fredericksburg, Va./Colonial Forge) and booted the ball into the center of the net to tie the score at 1-1.

Both teams had chances in the overtime sessions.

In the waning seconds of the first overtime, Morris made a diving save on a shot from Paldino to preserve the tie. It was one of 12 saves on the day for the BC keeper.

Midway through the second overtime the Eagles had a 2-on-1 breakaway. Sawyer Janes (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) dropped a pass to Ryan Pigg (Amherst, Va./Amherst)and Pigg's shot to far post missed just wide.

The Eagles are now 6-8-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the ODAC. W&L is 7-4-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the conference.