BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College rebounded from its first ODAC loss of the season to defeat Shenandoah, 2-1, Wednesday afternoon behind two goals from junior Isabella Krider.
The Eagles came out strong and created an excellent scoring opportunity in the first minute. Anna Sobus got behind the Hornets' defense for a breakaway on the right side. Sobus crossed the ball across the box to Keri Rager who was making a run to the far post, but the pass was just too far out in front of Rager.
Bridgewater continued to apply the pressure and converted in the 10th minute. Rager crossed the ball across the box to the far post to a wide open Krider for the first goal of the contest.
The Eagles continued to dictate play and create opportunities, but were unable to finish. Rager had a good look from 15 yards out, but missed wide. Bridgewater also had a solid chance off a corner kick, but Katherine Wight's header went right to Hornets' keeper Charlotte Evans. Sobus made another strong run on the right flank in the 25th minute but her open shot from 20 yards out went just above the crossbar.
The teams then had to wait out a 30-minute lightning delay before returning for the final 17 minutes of the first half. The Eagles had another opportunity late in the half when Krider put a shot from just outside the box on goal, but Evans was in position to make the save.
Rager missed another strong scoring opportunity in the second minute of the second half when she was open at the six but sent the shot high over the goal.
The missed opportunitues made things tough for the Eagles down the stretch as the Hornets tallied the tying goal in the 66th minute. Rebecca Collimore worked past her defender on the right flank and dribbled toward the endline. Collimore took the shot from just inside the box and snuck the ball inside the near post past Bridgewater keeper Hayley Talbott to tie the score at 1-1.
The Eagles threatened to regain the lead moments later when Rager ripped a shot from 15 yards out, but keeper Kasey Richitt made a diving save to her right to deny the goal.
Bridgewater maintained pressure against the Hornets defense and regained the lead in the 70th minute. Bridget Fabiani worked past a defender on the right side and crossed the ball into the middle of the box where Krider got a foot on the pass and redirected it past the keeper for her second goal of the game to put the Eagles up 2-1.
Shenandoah had an opportunity to tie the score late when the Hornets worked for a corner kick in the 87th minute. Collimore sent the corner to middle of the box where the Eagles failed to clear the ball. Jessica Stuart had a shot from inside the box, but the attempt was blocked by a defender. Abbie Marquette tried to clean up the rebound but her attempt missed wide.
Bridgewater finished the contest with a 16-10 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in cormer kicks.
Talbott recorded three saves for the Eagles while Shenandoah keepers Henderson and Richitt combined for five saves.
Bridgewater, now 11-2-1 overall and 4-1 in the ODAC, is back in action Saturday when the Eagles travel to Greensboro, N.C., to play the Guilford Quakers.