Early Goal Downs SBC Soccer In Conference Opener

Early Goal Downs SBC Soccer In Conference Opener

BRIDGEWATER, Va.- The Sweet Briar College soccer team began Old Dominion Athletic Conference play with a Wednesday afternoon match at Bridgewater College. The Eagles finished last season with the second-most goals in the conference and tonight showed that their offense isn't slowing down anytime soon, as they beat Sweet Briar, 10-0.

After allowing eight first-half goals, Head Coach Amy Dahlin feels that her team played much better in the second half. "We really forced Bridgewater to shoot from distance in the second half when the backline really began to step up and control our own box."

Dahlin also praised the second half play of first-year Sam Holton, who made nine saves in the match and is now fourth in the ODAC with 36 saves this season. Holton was challenged all afternoon but made some big saves in the second frame to limit the damage.

"When we were able to get the ball out of our back, Catherine Ford did a great job of creating pressure and running onto balls up top. Her play really helped to alleviate the pressure on our defense," said Dahlin. The third-year head coach was also impressed with the solid game put together by Caylin Newman. The tall, first-year defender has proven her versatility by stepping into positions all across the pitch in the last couple of weeks.

SBC will continue conference play on the road with a match at Eastern Mennonite University on Saturday. The match will begin in Harrisonburg, Va. at 1 p.m.