Generals' offense takes off in the second half in 3-0 win at Bridgewater

Kyce Darouiche

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Three second-half goals, two from senior midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence), propelled the Washington and Lee men's soccer team to a 3-0 ODAC win at Bridgewater on Wednesday afternoon.

The Generals improve to 9-3-1 overall, 7-0-1 in the ODAC, as the win extended the team's unbeaten streak to nine games. The loss dropped the Eagles to 8-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in conference.

Senior midfielder Viktor Dolberg (Clovis, Calif./Floyd B. Buchanan) broke the scoreless tie in the 64th minute after one-timing a loose ball inside the six-yard box following a deflection from the Bridgewater keeper.

The play began when sophomore midfielder Harris Salom (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) switched the field with a long cross that was deflected back to senior defender Jack Miller (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) on the left side. Miller looped a pass across the goal box where Ritch headed the ball back to the middle of the six-yard box before the ball found Dolberg's right foot.

Ritch added to the lead in the 75th minute with his team-leading sixth goal of the season. A throw-in from senior midfielder Kevin Lencioni (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) started the play when he fired a pass down the sideline to sophomore midfielder Danny Tran (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson). Tran took control, cut back inside and attempted a shot but had it blocked. The ball came right to Ritch who shot to the low-right corner of the frame for the score.

In the 79th minute, Ritch scored on a penalty kick to log his second straight multi-goal game, capping the scoring in the game.

With his two goals, Ritch is now tied with Reid Murphy '92, Andrew Grimes '01 and Jack Palmer '07 for the eighth most goals in program history (28). His four points in the game also propelled him up the career points leaderboard, jumping from seventh into a tie with David Knight '61 for the fifth most points in school history (78). Ritch finished the game with four shots and put three on goal.

Dolberg also turned in a strong game, shooting three times and putting one on target, while Miller shot twice in the contest.

Bridgewater was paced by junior forward Thomas White who shot four times and put two shots on net.

W&L first-year goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) (8-1-1) made three saves in the 90 minutes of action, all in the first half, to post his second shutout of the season. Bridgewater senior keeper Quentin Boric (8-5-1) took the loss after making four saves on seven shots in 90 minutes of work.

For the game, the Generals outshot the Eagles, 13-7, including an 8-3 edge in the second half. W&L also took eight corners in the game, seven of which came in the second period, to one corner by Bridgewater.

The Generals will return to the pitch on Saturday for their final road game of the 2018 regular season, a 6:00 pm matchup with ODAC-rival Roanoke.

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