DALLAS, Texas - The Threshers hit the road down I-35 to take on NCAA Division II Dallas Baptist on Saturday evening. The Lone Star State presented an early challenge, as a lightning delay kept the game from beginning at it's original 7:30 PM time. The Threshers played it tight with the Patriots, as both teams were held scoreless in the first half. An early goal coming off halftime for Dallas Baptist proved to be the game-winner, as the Threshers took their first loss of the season 1-0.
Both teams were kept scoreless in the first half. On the Thresher defensive side, reigning KCAC Player of the Week Kobi Russom (JR/Iowa City, Iowa) held his own against the Patriot attack, tallying up eight saves in the game.
After the goal by Dallas Baptist in the 46th minute, Bethel kept the intensity going, but failed to find the net on their shots. Chris Torres (JR/Denton, Texas) led the team with four shots, and two on goal. Enrique Trujilo had one shot on goal, and Bryant Soriano (JR/Apple Valley, Calif.) and Jonas Tingberg (FR/Gothenburg, Sweden) each contributed a shot.
"Our team played really well against DBU, we competed. The difference came down to athleticism. Tactically and technically we matched up really well," remarked head coach Victor Garcia-Bebek.
"We created chances and maybe with five more minutes on the clock we could've tied the game. We know we can compete against top teams. Assistant coach Kevin Mangayi and I are very happy with the direction this team is going."
The Threshers (2-1) gave the Patriots a lot to handle early in the season, and helped prove that they will be a force to reckon with this season after their showing against the NCAA Division II program. They will next play on Tuesday, September 5th when they host Manhattan Christian at Goering Field, with the game time starting at 7:30 PM.