BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College stayed undefeated in conference play with a 2-0 victory Saturday afternoon over Guilford College in women's soccer action.
With the victory, the Eagles, ranked No. 25 in the nation, improved to 11-1 overall and 4-0 in the ODAC. First-year forward Ana Elson scored both goals Saturday, the first two goals of her college career, to lift the Eagles to the victory.
The Eagles applied plenty of pressure against the Quakers' defense in the early going but were unable to find the back of the net. With the contest still scoreless, the Quakers had their best scoring chance of the day in the 28th minute. The Eagles were whistled for a foul, giving Guilford a free kick from about 35 yards out. Karol Jaimes took the kick and put her shot on frame but the ball hit the crossbar and rebounded back into the box where the Eagles were able to clear.
The score remained 0-0 until the Eagles broke through in the 41st minute. Morgan Todd worked past a defender just outside of the box and took a shot that deflected off a defender in the middle of the box. Elson cleaned up the rebound, using her left foot to hit a shot past the keeper from straight ahead to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Despite strong pressure from the Eagles attack throughout the second half, the score remained 1-0 until the Eagles tallied again in the 79th minute. Catherine Haufe took possession of the ball in the defensive end and dribbled toward midfield. As she approached the midfield line, Haufe sent a ball ahead to Elson who was making a run on the left side The Guilford keeper came off her line, but Elson was first to the ball and chipped her shot from 25 yards out over the keeper and the shot bounced into the back of the net to give Bridgewater a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles finished the contest with a 24-5 edge in total shots and a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Sydney Davis and Jessica Touve split time in goal and combined to record the shutout, Bridgewater's seventh of the season. Davis had one save in the first half and Touve recorded two saves in the second half.
The Eagles return to action Wednesday afternoon when they host the University of Lynchburg in a key ODAC contest. Game time is 4:00 p.m.