NORTH NEWTON, Kan. - It took a little while to get going, but once they did Bethel turned in quite a show for the crowd. In their home-opener of 2017, the Bethel Women's Soccer program were able to trade goals and play right with Southwestern Christian (Okla.), and wound up forcing overtime. Season goal-leader Kacie Torrens (FR/Castle Rock, Colo.) provided two more today, including the game winner in overtime as Bethel defeated the Eagles 3-2.
Southwestern Christian were the first to strike in the game, as they were able to push the attack early and scored a goal during the 5th minute of the game.
Bethel was able to hunker down on defense for the rest of the first half, and eventually found their rhythm on offense. Their first game-tying goal came in the 38th minute, as Jadin Kaltenbach (FR/Wichita, Kan.) was able to setup a goal for Torrens. The score stayed 1-1 into halftime.
The Eagles came back in the second half, taking back their original lead in the 56th minute. The game carried on, and about fifteen minutes later Torrens was subbed out for Araeleigha Heysquierdo-Marcy (SO/Salina, Kan.). Heysquierdo-Marcy made sure the Thresher fire power did not faulter with the sub, as she was able to send a strike past the Eagles goalkeeper and net her first goal of the season.
With the game at 2-2, neither team could find one more score before the end of regulation.
Southwestern came out firing with the start of overtime, and it frankly didn't look good for Bethel. First-time goalie Maddie McDaniel (SO/Louisburg, Kan.) did an admirable job in the game, and had two clutch saves during extra time. Torrens grabbed her third multi-goal game of the season tonight, as her goal in the 98th minute sealed the Thresher victory, 3-2.
Bethel travels down to Muskogee, Oklahoma on Saturday when they take on Bacone College.