BRIDGEWATER, Va. — The Hampden-Sydney soccer team continued its winning ways with a 2-0 shutout over Bridgewater in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action. Freshman Boyce Purdie/Clinton, N.C. scored his first collegiate goal, which proved to be the game-winner, in the 64th minute. The Tigers are now 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the ODAC. The Eagles fell to 2-8-1 overall, 0-2 in the conference.
Senior Spell Carr/Clinton, N.C. added a late insurance goal with less than a minute remaining.
In the first half, both teams fought for possession with neither team holding a large advantage in controlling the ball. However, the Tigers looked to make the most of the time they had the ball, taking nine first-half shots to just four for Bridgewater.
Just three and a half minutes into the second period, the Eagles were able to take a pair of shots in just under a minute of each other, but missed both wide. Carr answered both shots by Bridgewater with a pair of his own in the 51st and 56th minute. Senior Cole Burton/Haw River, N.C. made his own attempt between Carr's, but all three Tiger shots were saved by the Eagles.
After nearly eight minutes with no shots, Burton found a streaking Purdie up the middle of the field, who was able to chip-shot the ball from 30-yards out over the outstretched arms of the keeper into the upper left corner of the goal to give the Tigers the 1-0 lead at the 63:06 mark.
H-SC controlled the ball for most of the rest of the contest, as the Eagles were only able to take two more shots on the day.
However, Carr wanted to give the Tigers that extra room with less than a minute left off a pass from senior Jacob Mann/Mebane, N.C. from in front of the goal, giving the Tigers the final 2-0 margin of victory.
Out of the Tigers 15 shots, 11 were on-goal, forcing several contested saves by the Eagles' keeper. H-SC led Bridgewater in corners (5-1) and shots (15-8).
The win marks the sixth in a row by H-SC, the longest win streak since the 2009 season which saw the Tigers win nine in a row and finish the season 16-4.
The Tigers continue their two-match road trip on Wednesday, October 9 when they visit Virginia Wesleyan. The game with the Marlins is scheduled for 5 p.m. VWU is currently 3-6 overall and 1-0 in the ODAC while playing a Saturday afternoon contest at home against Randolph.