FERRUM, Va. - Bridgewater senior midfielder Leo Alcantara scored with just 24 seconds remaining in regulation Wednesday evening to lift the Eagles to a crucial 3-2 conference victory over Ferrum College.
The Eagles took the early advantage over the Panthers with a pair of first-half goals.
Alcantara set up freshman Josh Gilliam for the first goal of the night in the 16th minute for a quick 1-0 Bridgewater lead. The goal was the first in Gilliam's young career.
Less than a minute later, the Eagles struck again as Luke Stubbs found the back of the net to make it 2-0. The goal was the fourth of the season for Stubbs who has now tallied six points in the past two contests.
Bridgewater controlled the action in the first half with an 11-2 advantage in total shots and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Eagles maintained the 2-0 cushion until the 63rd minute. The Panthers scored on a Martim Zaluga goal to make it 2-1 and five minutes later the hosts pulled even at 2-2 on a goal by Leo Galpin.
Bridgewater kept pressure on the Ferrum defense in the closing minutes. Stubbs put a shot on frame in the 87th minute but was denied by Ferum keeper Simon Bradford. Sam Franklin had a shot attempt in the 87th but his shot was blocked setting up a corner kick opportunity. The pressure paid dividends in the final minute with Alcantara's game-winner.
The Eagles improve to 5-9-1 and more importantly, they reach the .500 mark in conference play with a 3-3 record.
Bridgewater is back in action Saturday when the Eagles travel to Lynchburg, Va., to play Randolph College in another key matchup as the team continues its push to secure a spot in the ODAC tournament. Game time Saturday at Randolph is 6:00 p.m.