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Hornets Hold Off Bridgewater, 2-0, In ODAC Action

Hornets Hold Off Bridgewater, 2-0, In ODAC Action

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Lynchburg College scored two goals in the second half Wednesday to turn back a determined effort by the Bridgewater College Eagles, 2-0, in ODAC women's soccer action.

The teams went to the half tied at 0-0 after an evenly played first 45 minutes. Lynchburg held a slim 7-5 edge in shots and each team had three shots on goal.

The Eagles had two huge opportunities to score early in the game. Jacey Kelley (Road Newburg, PA/Shippinsburg) floated a shot toward goal from 25 yards and Lynchburg keeper Jackie Bader made a leaping save to stop the attempt.

The Hornets countered when Jessica Gonzalez ripped a shot toward goal from 30 yards out, but the ball hit the crossbar as the score remained tied.

Bridgewater had one more chance when Caroline Banks (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan Catholic) put a shot on goal but the ball was cleared off the goal line by a Lynchburg defender.

The Hornets controlled action in the second half, holding a 13-2 edge in shots.

Bridgewater's defense held strong until Betsy Kwiatkowski found the net at the 66:48 mark to put the Hornets on top, 1-0.

Lynchburg added an insurance goal in the 76th minute when Gonzalez headed in a goal off a corner kick from Jill Melanson, making the score 2-0.

Lynchburg is now 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the ODAC while Bridgewater drops to 2-5-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.