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Eagles, Marlins Battle To Scoreless Draw

Hanna Randolph controls the ball for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The first and second place teams in the ODAC women's soccer standings met on the final day of regular season Saturday afternoon with Bridgewater and Virginia Wesleyan battling to 0-0 double-overtime draw.

Saturday's draw secures at least a tie for first place in the regular-season standings for the Eagles, their best finish in program history. With Saturday's draw, the Eagles also finished the regular season without a loss on their home pitch for the first time in program history. Bridgewater closes the regular season with a 14-2-1 overall record and a 7-1-2 record in ODAC play.

Bridgewater had the first good opportunity early in the game when the Eagles were awarded an indirect kick from the left side. Bailey Kratz hit the shot, but it sailed just over the crossbar.

The Eagles had another good chance in the first half when Hunter Collier took a shot from the left side, sending ball toward the far post. The ball bounced off a defender, forcing Marlins' keeper Tristen Roberts to make a diving save.

Virginia Wesleyan had the best opportunity in the first half, earning a corner kick in the 27th minute. The Marlins sent the ball out front to Ryan McCurry for a shot from the left side. McCurry hit the shot solidly toward the far post where Eagles' midfielder Catherine Haufe cleared the ball off the line to save the goal.

Bridgewater put together a solid run 12 minutes into the second half, when a long ball was played into space for Ana Elson. Elson ran on to the ball and carried it down the right side toward the endline. Elson sent a cross into the box where Kratz was making a strong run down the middle. Kratz got her foot on the ball, but the shot sailed high.

Virginia Wesleyan generated another strong chance early in the first OT off another cormer kick. The Marlins sent the ball to back post where Ryan Applewhite headed the ball back across the box. Alex Davidson had an open look for her header from about two yards out, but her shot went over the crossbar.

The Eagles put good pressure on the Marlins late in the first OT when Emily York ran on to a ball deep in the Wesleyan end. York sent a pass across the top for Elson, but the pass was just behind Elson, allowing the Marlins to recover. Haufe was able to get the ball over to Hunter Collier, but her shot from deep went right to the Marlins' keeper Roberts. 

Early in the second overtime, Haufe sent a through ball to Kratz and Kratz possessed the ball inside the box under pressure. Kratz spun off the defender for a left-footed shot from 15 yards, but the attempt was blocked by a defender.

Each team had a shot in the closing minutes of the second OT and each keeper made a save to preserve the draw.

The Marlins held a 15-12 edge in shots and a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. Bridgewater's Davis finished with seven saves while Roberts had three saves for Virginia Wesleyan.

Bridgewater will host a first-round contest in the ODAC tournament Wednesday at 3:30. The pairings and seedings will be announced by the ODAC office following the conclusion of Saturday's games.