BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Thomas White and Luke Stubbs combined for three goals during a seven-minute stretch early in the second half Saturday afternoon to lead the Bridgewater College Eagles to a stunning 4-1 victory over No. 13 Roanoke College, handing the ODAC-leading Maroons their first loss of the season.
The Eagles celebrated Senior Day in style with their third victory over a nationally-ranked opponent in the past two seasons. A year ago, the Eagles defeated nationally-ranked Lynchburg twice.
Bridgewater took the lead in 35th minute and held the 1-0 margin at the half. The Eagles scored when Sam Beckman possessed the ball in the midfield and chipped the ball ahead to Sam Franklin who worked behind the defender. Franklin ran on to the pass and slotted his shot past the Roanoke keeper and just inside the post to put the Eagles on the board.
The Eagles took control of the contest early in the second half as White and Stubbs took turns beating the Maroons defense.
Bridgewater padded its lead less than two minutes into the second half. Stephen Bishop played a ball ahead to White who was behind the defense on the right side. White passed the ball across the box from right to left and Stubbs ran onto the ball and touched it into the goal for a 2-0 Eagles lead.
Two minutes later the duo reversed roles. Stubbs play a through ball ahead to White and the Eagles' senior won the 1-on-1 battle with the keeper, givng Bridgewater a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles weren't finished as the White-Stubbs combo clicked again in the 54th minute. Stubbs again found White with another through ball and White scored from 8 yards out, putting the Eagles ahead 4-0.
Coming into the contest, the Maroons had allowed just four goals in 14 games. Bridgewater matched that total in less than 54 minutes.
The Maroons scored their goal in the 56th minute. Roanoke earned a corner kick and sent the ball into the box where it was headed several times. Liam Camilleri was the final person to head the ball and it landed at the feet of Alex Taitague who punched the ball into the net from point-blank range to put the Maroons on the board.
Roanoke held a slim 12-10 edge in shots, but the Eagles put four of their 10 attempts into the back of the net. The Maroons also held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Bridgewater College keeper Mark Collins finished the contest with seven saves, several in spectacular fashion.
The victory moves the Eagles to 4-9-1 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The Maroons are 12-1-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the ODAC.
Bridgewater is back in action Wednesday when the Eagles travel to Ferrum for another key ODAC matchup. The contest is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.