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Bison Fall to Bridgewater in Frostburg State Tourney

Sept. 8 - FROSTBURG, Md. – The Bethany College field hockey team suffered an 8-0 loss Saturday to Bridgewater (Va.) College in the opening round of the Frostburg State (Md.) University Tournament.

With the defeat, the Bison (0-4) will now play Transylvania (Ky.) University Sunday in the consolation game at 10 a.m. The Pioneers were shutout in the first round Saturday by the host school, 2-0. Frostburg State and Bridgewater will square off in the championship game at 12 p.m.

Bethany managed to hold the Eagles at bay early in the first half before a late barrage gave Bridgewater a firm cushion at the break. Bethany freshman keeper Jacqueline Harrison (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) stopped three shots and freshman defender Racheal Nolen (Union Bridge Md./Walkersville) had a defensive save in the first 10 minutes to keep the game scoreless.

Finally in the 11th minute of the first half, Bridgewater broke through for the initial score. The Bison defense continued to show resolve, stepping up with defensive saves by freshman Courtney Snyder (Bristol, Pa.) and junior Ashlee Needy (Chicago, Ill./Marist), as well as three more stops from Harrison over the next 15 minutes. However, Bridgewater notched its second goal of the game with 10 minutes left in the first half and added on two more before the horn sounded for a 4-0 Eagles lead at intermission.

Bridgewater continued to build off its late-half momentum and struck for three more scores in the first 13 minutes of the season half. The Eagles completed the scoring with a goal midway through the second half for the final margin of victory.

As a team, Bethany recorded 12 saves in the game, with Harrison making eight, Needy posting two and one each for Nolen and Snyder. The Bison had two shots on goal in the contest coming from freshman Taylor Soloman (Beltsville, Md./Elizabeth Seton) and freshman Kaitlin Perch (Hackettstown, N.J.).