BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Two goals in both halves provided a steady attack, as the No. 6 Washington and Lee men's soccer team cruised to a 4-0 victory over Bridgewater in its first ODAC game of the season on Friday evening.
The Generals (6-1, 1-0 ODAC) got on the board in the 20th minute when first-year midfielder Michael Kutsanzira (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Putnam Science Academy (Conn.)) made a long run down the center of the field. After a defender poked the ball away, Kutsanzira regained possession and fired a shot to the left post to beat the Bridgewater (2-6, 0-1 ODAC) keeper for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
In the 37th minute, sophomore midfielder George Biddle (Del Mar, Calif./Pacific Ridge) made a centering pass from the left side. First-year midfielder Samuel Bass (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) settled the ball off his chest, turned to his left and volleyed a shot into the back of the net, just inside the right post.
The Generals added two more goals in the second half, the first coming on a Bridgewater own goal in the 49th minute, followed by an empty-net, tap-in goal from first-year forward Harry Barringer (Greenwich, Conn./Brusnwick School) in the 63rd minute.
Kutsanzira led the Generals' offense with a game-high three shots in the game. Bass, sophomore midfielder Ethan McCann (Timonium, Md./The Boys' Latin School of Maryland) and junior midfielder Jack Parham (Littleton, Colo./Colorado Academy) came in next with two shots each. Sophomore midfielder Connor Wharton (Littleton, Colo./Colorado Academy) added an assist on the final W&L goal, joining Biddle as the two Generals with assists in the contest.
Four different Eagles took one shot in the game to pace the offense, as the quartet combined for two shots on goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) (6-1) stopped both shots on goal in the game to tally his fourth shutout of the season and his 12th career shutout. That mark is currently tied with Jack Pringle '90 and Chris Gareis '88 for the sixth most in program history.
For the Eagles, junior goalkeeper Colin Rouaud (2-6) suffered the loss after allowing three goals and making one save in 56:08 of action. First-year keeper Mark Collins entered for Rouaud in the 57th minute and finished out the game, allowing one goal and making two saves over the final 33:52.
In the game, the Generals held a 19-4 advantage in shots, including 11-2 in the second half. W&L also earned nine corner kicks and conceded just three.
The Generals will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Christopher Newport for a 6:00 pm clash with the Captains.
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