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Eagles Lose to Kean After Strong Start

karinne moyer looks upfield

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College field hockey team created chances early against a tough opponent at Jopson Field, ultimately falling 3-0 to Kean University.

Kean was coming off a 3-0 win over defending ODAC champion Lynchburg a day earlier, but the Eagles created some of the best chances of a scoreless first quarter.

After an early Witzke kick save off a corner, Karinne Moyer broke the other way for Bridgewater. Her cross was tipped by Caroline Quigley to force a reaction save by Kean's Belly Reynoso, and Moyer's rebound attempt was also saved.

A promising rush by Quigley was tipped away by defender Brenna Delbagno at the last moment. At the other end, Ja'Carra Jackson slid a shot just wide of the far post.

Witzke made a big save early in the second quarter, diving to block after a ball fell to Peyton Mann right at the doorstep.

Kean, who held a 11-0 advantage in corners in the first half, broke through once in the second quarter after Jackson stole the ball and fed Melissa Way in the middle of the circle.

Witzke made another good save on Mann, this time on a breakaway, and then made a good sliding stop on Way to keep it a one-goal game heading into the break.

Kean's second came in similar fashion to the first, as Jackson crossed from the right side and Way finished it off with a mid-height shot into the far side of the cage.

Meghan Obaugh had a chance kicked away in the fourth quarter after a pass from Georgia Howard.

Witzke finished with 11 saves for the Eagles.

Bridgewater (0-6) will continue a six-game homestand next weekend vs. Transylvania (Saturday) and Centre (Sunday).