LYNCHBURG, Va.- The Randolph women's soccer team had a tall task in front of them: defeat #18 Bridgewater for its first ODAC win of the season. In the end, the WildCats did just that as they stunned the Eagles 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at WildCat Stadium.
The victory was one of many firsts. It was the first win in recent memory for the program over a ranked opponent. It was also the first win over BC since 2005. The two WildCat goals also ended a scoreless streak against the Eagles going back to 2011.
Sara Bane (Blue Ridge, Va./Lord Botetourt) accounted for both of the Randolph goals on the afternoon to give her eight on the season. Zoe Waring (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) tallied 14 saves in net for Randolph.
It was Bridgewater that got on the board first at the 22:27 mark. Sydney Ryan took a pass from Bridget Fabiani and hit a shot to the right side of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Randolph answered in the 32nd minute. Sam Paulette (Appomattox, Va./Appomattox County) took a pass off a throw in and dished up front to Bane who nailed a shot into the right top shelf of the net to knot the game at 1-1. Waring stopped four Eagle shots as the game was tied at halftime.
The second half saw both teams try to get the upper hand. The 'Cats broke through just before the 73rd minute as Marle King (Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry) found Bane who hit the shot from 20 yards out to the right side of the goal to give Randolph the 2-1 lead.
The WildCats needed stellar defensive play in the final 18 minutes to pull of the win. None was bigger than in the 86th minute when Waring's deflection of a shot rolled toward the goal and defender Sidney Keyes (Roanoke, Va./Lord Botetourt) was there to prevent the ball from crossing the line.
Randolph had seven overall shots with four coming on frame. Bridgewater put off 22 in total with 16 on goal. Corner kicks were in the Eagles' favor 7-1.
The win ups Randolph's overall record to 6-5 and 1-5 in the ODAC. The Eagles drop to 11-2-1 and suffer their first lost in conference play to fall to 4-1-1.
The WildCats next host Sweet Briar Wednesday night at WildCat Stadium. Game time will be at 5:00 p.m.