VIRGINIA BEACH -- Early second-half scoring lifted Virgini Wesleyan College's men's soccer team to a 2-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over the Bridgewater College Eagles on Foster Field at the Trinder Center on Wednesday.
The victory on Senior Night improved VWC's overall record to 9-4-2 and it's ODAC mark to 6-2-1. Bridgewater fell to 5-11 and 4-5.
Sophomore Tanner Martin ended a scoreless game just 3:11 into the second half, knocking the ball into the net off an assist from junior Josh Kemp. Bridgewater followed with a pair of shots in the following minutes, but could not get them past VWC junior goalie Connor Kirkham.
Virginia Wesleyan increased its lead to 2-0 with 13:50 played when junior Travis Walke scored on an unassisted shot. It was an advantage that stayed with the Marlins the rest of the way, as defenses dominated for the remainder of the game.
The Marlins outshot Bridgewater 6-2 in the first half, but the Eagles turned things around in the second half to produce a 5-3 advantage in shots. VWC finished with a slim 9-7 edge overall, while Bridgewater posted a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
Kirkham finished with four saves for VWC, all in the second half. Kevin Morris recorded four saves for Bridgewater, including three in the first half.
Virginia Wesleyan plays again on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. at Emory & Henry College in another ODAC contest.