Bridgewater, Va. – The Bridgewater College Eagles pulled away late from the Transylvania field hockey team on Saturday afternoon by the score of 3-0 at the Jopson Athletic Complex.
Bridgewater improved its record to 1-6 while the Pioneers dropped to 2-3 overall.
Forging through the state of Virginia for a weekend of nonconference matches, the Pioneers began their eastern tour with a matchup against the host Eagles. In the opening quarter, each team commanded its fair share of possession but the Eagles were able to manifest a consistent array of shots.
Transylvania's best chance to score required nearly the full first 15 minutes of play but sparks flew in the final 15 seconds of the first quarter as a shot from Brianna McCulley brought the Eagles goalie out of the net for a save. The Pioneers created back-to-back penalty corners but could not find the opening goal as the score remained tied at 0-0 after the first quarter.
Bridgewater became the first to strike on a tap-in with less than 10 minutes to go in the half for what would shape up to be the game-winning goal.
The Eagles delivered a peppering of shots in the third quarter but the Pioneers held firm to stay within one goal of Bridgewater entering the final quarter. In the first minute of the fourth quarter, Bridgewater tacked on another score for a towering 2-0 lead in a match sparse with scoring. The Eagles caught fire with another score less than two minutes later to put the finishing touches upon their first win of the year.
Goalie Sidney Varney turned in a career-high 14 saves in defeat for the Pioneers as her record in the net moved to 2-3.
The Pioneers will look to bounce back tomorrow as they visit the Roanoke College Maroons in Salem, Virginia. The match is scheduled for a 12:00 noon start from Kerr Stadium.
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