HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Freshman Shannon Strosser couldn't have picked a better time for her first career goal. With 24 seconds left in the second overtime session, Strosser found the back of the cage to break a 1-1 deadlock and hand the Bridgewater Eagles field hockey (5-2) team a 2-1 double-overtime win over Juniata College on Wednesday evening.
Following a scoreless first half of play that was effectively dominated by the Juniata (4-5) offense, the Eagles netted the game's first goal early in the second stanza.
Junior Caroline Augsburger broke the deadlock when she fired a shot past the keeper on an assist from Rachael Loy to put Bridgewater out in front by a 1-0 tally. Bridgewater's opening goal came off of a corner insert less than four minutes into the second half of play.
After the Augsburger tally, the Eagles owned the lead for five minutes until a Cassie Clarence goal tied the score at a 1-1 tally which is how the game would remain after regulation.
Bridgewater controlled the second half of play, outshooting Juniata by a 7-3 tally but was only able to find the back of the net once over the final 35 minutes of play.
Both teams had opportunities in the first overtime session as the two teams traded cornersm but the first overtime came to an end after an Augsburger shot sailed wide to keep the contest at a 1-1 stalemate.
Bridgewater went on the attack in the second overtime before Strosser carried the ball along the baseline and beat the keeper to send the Eagles home with a 2-1 victory.
The two teams were even in shots over the nearly 90 minutes of play as both squads tallied 13 shots on the afternoon. Following the first half of play, Bridgewater outshot Juniata by a wide 12-6 margin. Augsburger led the Bridgewater offense with six shots, while Taylor Prillaman added four shots in the win.
Senior netminder Jessica Balsano turned away five Juniata shots to earn her fifth victory of the season.
Clarence led the Juniata offense with four shots, while Shelby Miller picked up the loss after posting three saves on the evening.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday afternoon in a conference contest with Randolph-Macon. Start time in the conference opener with the Yellow Jackets is set for 1 p.m.