LEXINGTON, Va. – With a 13-5 shot count advantage over Bridgewater, the Washington and Lee men's soccer team blanked the Eagles, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
With the win, the Generals improve to 6-3 (3-1 ODAC) on the year, while BC falls to 7-3 (3-1 ODAC) overall. W&L handed BC its first loss in conference play this season.
The first half was held mostly on the BC defensive end, as the Generals outshot their opponent by a margin of 6-2, taking control of the game early on. In the 15th minute, junior midfielder Parker Wolfinger (Greer, S.C./Riverside) netted the first goal for the Blue and White. After a shot by junior midfielder Alex Zelinski (Rochester Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) deflected off a defender, Wolfinger grabbed possession of the ball and notched a shot from the left side of the net to bring the game to 1-0 in favor of W&L.
Sophomore forward Zach Colby (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) continued his dominant scoring season with the Generals' second goal of the first half at the 35:04 mark. A long pass to the offensive third from sophomore midfielder Max Quellhorst (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) allowed Colby to dribble freely for 30 yards, resulting in the shot and goal, and giving W&L a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
BC brought more pressure in the second half, but W&L's offense could not be contained despite the added physicality. Zelinski won a one-on-one battle with Eagles sophomore goalkeeper TJ Martin (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) to register the third goal for the Generals in the 55th minute.
With W&L being called for eight fouls in the second stanza, the Eagles were able to set up scoring opportunities, but could not collect a goal. With the game time at 66:12, BC senior midfielder Kevin Gorman (Annapolis, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) was awarded a free kick right outside the penalty box to put Bridgewater in a great position to score. The shot was blasted from the left side and flew high over the net.
For the remainder of the contest, the Generals' defense held off any attempts on goal by the Eagles, ending regulation with the 3-0 victory for W&L.
In goal for the Blue and White was sophomore Albert Civitarese (Bridgeville, Pa./Sewickley Academy), who recorded one save in the entire 90:00.
Martin and sophomore Kevin Morris (Westminster, Md./Westminster) shared time in net for BC, with Martin tallying two saves and three goals-against in 73:02 and Morris registering one save in the remaining 16:58.
W&L returns to the field on Wednesday, when it travels to Shenandoah for a 7:00 pm contest.
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