SWEET BRIAR, Va. --- Vixen Soccer hosted Bridgewater College on Wednesday afternoon at Babcock Field. Although the Eagles held the edge in time of possession, Sweet Briar dictated much of the pace of play. Despite slowing down the Eagles, SBC was not able to score and the visitors prevailed 4-0.
After smacking a shot off the crossbar in the 12th minute, the Eagles found the back of the net three minutes later on an unassisted score by Krissy Snyder (Eden, N.C./Morehead). As the half carried on with neither team grabbing control, Sweet Briar generated a corner kick at the 32:41 mark. Ali Lifka (Arden, N.C./T.C. Roberson) lofted a ball into the BC box, but no Vixen connected.
Several minutes later, the Eagles answered with an attack. In the 35th minute Jacey Kelly (Newburg, Pa./Shippensburg) glanced a shot off SBC keeper Katherine Tillson (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee). Eagle teammate Michelle Viegas (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) finished the rebound for the game's second goal.
Two minutes later, Kelly tallied a goal to go wih her assist when she knocked home a deflected Mari Marotta (Clifton, Va./Centreville) shot. The teams entered halftime with the Eagles up 3-0.
The second frame began in a similar fashion as the first with neither team able to push the pace. Under ten minutes into the period, Marissa McCord (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) collected a Katherine Day (Clifton Forge, Va./James River) throw-in and fired a long-range shot to start up the SBC offense, but keeper Taylor Riley (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) was equal to the task.
Nearly halfway through the period, McCord and Lynn Lunde (Dallas, Tex./Creekview) created a beauty of a scoring opportunity. McCord blasted a cross-field pass to a streaking Lunde on the right flank. Lunde, noticing the BC keeper on her near post, sent in a far post shot, but BC defender Erin Holden (Herndon, Va./Oakton) swept the shot off the line to prevent the score.
Three minutes later the Eagles answered the Vixen attack with another unassisted Snyder score. The goal capped scoring to make the final result 4-0 in favor of the Eagles.
Sweet Briar next faces Hollins University on Saturday, October 13. The conference match is set for a 3 p.m. kickoff on the Hollins campus in Roanoke, Va.