BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College played No. 5 Johns Hopkins to a scoreless draw in the first half, but the Blue Jays found the back of the net twice in the final 45 minutes to defeat the Eagles 2-0.
The first half was contested mainly in the midfield with the Blue Jays holding a 6-1 edge in total shots. Only two of the Hopkins' shots were on frame as the Eagles put forth a strong defensive effort in the opening half.
Early in the second half, Bridgewater was the aggressor with two strong scoring bids in the first eight minutes, the first coming in the 51st minute.
Senior forward Thomas White possessed the ball near midfield and split two defenders with the dribble before sending a through ball ahead to Alex Martinez on the left side. Blue Jays' goalkeeper Xander Lefevre had the near post covered and Martinez tried to hit his shot to the left of the keeper. Lefevre was able to get his foot on the shot and redirected the ball to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard.
White created a scoring chance again in the 53rd minute when he started to dribble from the Eagles defensive end and took the ball down the middle of the field. White raced past the final defender and took a shot from straight away, but once again, Lefevre was able to turn away the Eagles' scoring chance with his second save of the second half.
The score stayed 0-0 until the 60th minute when the Blue Jays finally broke down the Eagles defense. Achim Younker found RJ Moore open in the box and Moore hit his shot from straight away past Eagles' keeper Colin Rouaud for a 1-0 Johns Hopkins lead.
The Blue Jays scored again in the 79th minute when Younker slipped a pass across the box to Liam Moylan for an open shot and a 2-0 Blue Jays' lead.
Johns Hopkins finished the contest with a 17-3 advantage in total shots and a 10-0 cushion in corner kicks.
Rouaud finished the contest with eight saves while Lefevre had two saves, both early in the second half of action.
Bridgewater, now 2-5, opens ODAC play on Friday when the Eagles host Washington and Lee in a rematch of last year's ODAC Championship game.