ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - St. Mary's scored two goals in the first half Sunday and the early deficit was too much for Bridgewater College to overcome as the host team held on for a 2-1 victory on the second day of the Seahawks Classic.
This is the sixth straight season the Eagles have travelled to St. Mary's to play in the early season Seahawks Classic. The Seahawks now hold a 3-2 edge in the recent series. The 2015 game between the two teams was cancelled due to weather.
The Seahawks got on the board in the 27th minute when Emmanuel Oppong dribbled into the box and fired off a shot just inside the post to put the hosts on top 1-0.
Ten minutes later St. Mary's tallied again. Isaac Ekobo delivered a diagonal pass into the box and Juwon Kearson put a low shot past the keeper and into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
The Seahawks held a big statistical edge in the opening half with 11 shots to just three for the Eagles along with a 7-3 edge in corner kick opportunities.
The second half was evenly played with each team taking eight shots and each team with one corner kick.
Bridgewater got on the board in the 73rd with a penalty kick opportunity. Thomas White took the PK for the Eagles and his shot was stopped by Seahawks keeper Zach Haussler. The ball rebounded back to White and this time he put his shot into the back of the net to trim the margin to 2-1.
Bridgewater kept the pressure on the St. Mary's defense in the closing minutes with five shots and one corner kick chance, but the Eagles were unable to register the tying goal.
The Eagles, now 1-3 on the season, play their home opener on Wednesday against Emory & Henry. The match will start at 4:00 p.m. Due to the ODAC's unbalanced schedule in men's soccer, the game against E&H will not count in the conference standings.