Wed, Oct. 24, 2012
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The Bethany College soccer teams had a rough day on Saturday. Both teams lost to Tabor College in overtime.
Goalkeeper Jessica Shepherd had the lone goal for the Swedes scoring with seconds left in the game to send it to overtime. She also tallied four saves. The team had nine shots on goal. But the Swedes could not hold on in overtime when Tabor scored just three minutes in to the period and fell 1-2.
Head Women's Soccer Coach Sean McMannis says, "I can't be more proud of my team for the way they battled through and battled for the comeback, to be denied in overtime. Of all people to score, it was my goalie. The girls pushed and pushed to get level, and it paid off with 13 seconds left in the game. Finally a game that we played all 90 minutes."
Earlier in the week on Wednesday, the women played at Friends University and took an 8-2 loss home. Christina Noonan scored first to put the Swedes up 1-0 but then it was all Friends scoring eight consecutive goals before Tessa Kuhlengel scored the final goal for Bethany. As a team, the Swedes had 13 shots on goal and Shepherd had 11 saves.
The women are now 1-5 in the KCAC and 4-11 overall.
The men's team also fell to Tabor 2-3 in OT. Lucas Procopio scored two straight goals to put the Swedes up 2-0, but the team couldn't hold on as the Bluejays went on to score two goals in the sixty-fifth minute and eighty-third minute to tie the game. Just five minutes in to the overtime period, Tabor scored on a penalty kick to win the game. The Swedes had just six shots on goal. Keeper Kayo Vaz had nine saves.
On Wednesday, the men got a conference win 3-2 over Friends University. Lewis Collins struck first followed by two Friends' goals. Then Marcus Wolfenbarger had goals within minutes of each other to put the Swedes up for good. The Swedes had seven shots on goal and Vaz recorded five saves.
The men are now 3-2-1 in the KCAC and 3-9-1 overall. Both teams next travel to McPherson College on October 24. Game times are 5 and 7:30 p.m.