COLUMBIA, Mo. - Some may or may not believe in astrology, but the stars were definitely aligned in Bethel's favor this evening. The Lady Threshers traveled to the Show-Me State to take on the Stephens College Stars earlier today. Bethel looked to be playing a one-sided game of FIFA on the Playstation 4, as they lit up the Stars goalkeeper with 19 total shots on goal for the game. Bethel was able to make good on four of these shots, led by Kacie Torrens (FR/Castle Rock, Colo.) and her two goals. The Lady Threshers defeated Stephens 4-1, earning their first victory of the season and Coach Alex Hagan's first for his career.
Things started out decently slow in the beginning. Bethel attackers Maddie McDaniel (SO/Louisburg, Kan.) and Payton Walters (FR/Highlands Ranch, Colo.) put up shots on the goalkeeper, testing out her abilities in the early minutes. It wasn't until the 10th minute of action that Bethel was able to draw first blood.
A shot by McDaniel was sent towards the goal, and it appeared the Stars goalkeeper had assumed it had gone in. In fact, it had not until Kacie Torrens came in and cleaned it up, crediting her with the goal and giving Bethel the 1-0 advantage.
Bethel stayed on the attack, as Jadin Kaltenbach (FR/Wichita, Kan.), Bethany Montoya (JR/Red Oak, Texas), and Lacey Pfannenstiel (SR/Hays, Kan.) among others on this balanced core continued to fire shots at the net. The Stars used a two-goalie combo in the game, and earned a total of 15 saves. It wouldn't be enough.
Right before the 34th minute, Lieacha Cook (SO/Hays, Kan.) dropped a ball to Pfannenstiel, who was able to send it home in the top-right corner of the goal. This made the score 2-0 for the Lady Threshers, and they took this lead into halftime.
Goalkeeper Kyla Williams (FR/Clinton, Okla.) was able to save three shots from the Stars' total of four on goal. That pesky fourth one slipped by her grasp in the 57th minute, giving Stephens a bit more hope at a comeback, only being down 2-1.
Bethel quickly popped those dreams a few minutes later as McDaniel sent a cross to Torrens, who was able to put it in the back of the net and extend the lead 3-1. Alayna Wallace (FR/McPherson, Kan.) was able to tack on an extra goal for insurance in the 75th minute, as Cook was credited with her second assist on the day. Bethel finished the game out, and defeated Stephens 4-1.
Bethel (now 1-2) will take a week-long break before their next matchup. They host Southwestern Christian University (Oklahoma) on September 13th, with the game scheduled to start at 5:00 PM.