Women’s soccer making history

By Micheal Clopper

Coming into the 2012 season, the Bridgewater College women’s soccer team had one goal, winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

   “We had a talented group of girls coming back this season so I thought our chances of winning the ODAC were pretty high”, said senior midfielder Brittney Harris.

   The Eagles got a chance to travel to Europe before the season and play different teams while enjoying the scenery and attractions.

   “Being able to travel to Europe and play was a really good experience for us. I think that whole trip got everyone excited for the upcoming season,” said sophomore midfielder Anna Theisen.

   The squad went 3-0 during their trip to Europe and developed a solid team coming into this year’s season. Following the team’s first loss against Mary Washington, the Eagles went 11-7-2 en route to the ODAC finals.

 

   During their quarterfinal game against Roanoke, the team tied 2-2, which advanced them to the semifinals against Virginia Wesleyan. After a game-winning goal from junior Melanie Waters, the Eagles paired up against undefeated Lynchburg for the ODAC championship.

   That was the first time in school history that the women’s soccer team had ever made it to the ODAC championship.

    “I couldn’t believe that we were actually playing for the ODAC championship,” said Harris. “We had worked so hard all season and it was finally paying off for us.”

   During a hard fought battle against Lynchburg, the Eagles came up short and ended up losing the match 2-0. Three Bridgewater players—senior Jessica Sites, junior Melanie Waters and sophomore Elizabeth Stump—were named to the ODAC all-tournament team.

   That marked off the last game for the six seniors on the squad, who finished off their careers with 47 wins under their belts.

   The future looks bright for the Eagles in the 2013 season, returning 23 of the 29 players from this year’s squad.

    “I’m already looking forward to next season with all my girls,” said Theisen. “If we continue to work hard in the offseason and keep playing together over the summer, we should be pretty hard to stop next year.”

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