BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College found its offense just in the nick of time Wednesday afternoon as the Eagles rallied for a 2-1 double overtime victory over rival Eastern Mennonite in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men's soccer action.
For the second year in a row, Bridgewater's Sawyer Janes came through with clutch play in a victory over the rival Royals. A year ago, he scored both goals in a 2-1 Eagles win. Wednesday he ended the contest with a goal early in the second overtime to lift the Eagles to a 2-1 victory.
Wednesday's victory also strengthened Bridgewater's chances of securing a spot in the ODAC tournament. The Eagles are 4-3-2 in conference play with two games remaining in the regular season.
The Royals grabbed the lead in the 35th minute. Mark Mast left a touch in the box for Brendan Jeschke and the Royals senior blasted the ball into the back to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles had trouble generating scoring opportunities against the Royals. Bridgewater went almost 70 minutes without a shot on goal, but they made their first one count.
Adrian Zamora served a corner kick into the box and Max Chacon flicked a header across the box where Zach Hosler pounded a header into an open goal to tie the score 1-1 at the 69:56 mark.
The teams played to a standoff through the rest of regulation and the first 10-minute overtime session before Bridgewater ended the contest with a goal early in the second overtime.
Once again the Eagles mounted a scoring opportunity following a corner kick.
Zamora lofted a corner into the box where the Royals initially defended the play by heading the ball out of the box and back toward Zamora. The Bridgewater midfielder controlled the ball and served a pass toward the far post. Hosler again was in position and this time he headed the ball across the box where Janes took the pass out of the air and scored from 10 yards out to send the Eagles to the victory.
Each team fired off 17 shots with the Royals holding a 7-4 edge in shots on goal. EMU also had a 9-6 advantage in corner kicks.
Bridgewater keeper Kevin Morris recorded six saves while EMU's Andrew Yoder finished the contest with two saves.
The Eagles, now 7-6-3 overall, return to action Saturday evening when they travel to Lynchburg, Va., to play nationally-ranked Randolph College. Game time is 7 p.m.