NORTH NEWTON, Kan. - The Bethel Men's Soccer program faced their first real challenge this season among NAIA competition today as they hosted undefeated Mid-America Christian. The Evangels proved to be just as tough as their record indicates, as they came on strong and held an attack which never faultered throughout the duration of the game. The Threshers were able to score a goal in the second half, but ultimately fell 3-1.
Bethel managed two shots on goal all game, as the Evangels immediately gained possession of the ball and the field, and pushed. Goalkeeper Kobi Russom (JR/Iowa City, Iowa) kept Bethel in the mix early, as he managed four saves in the first half. The shots kept coming however, and eventually Mid-America managed to get one past Russom in the 33rd minute.
Bethel went into halftime down 1-0, which all things considered was impressive due to the heat the defenders were feeling from the Evangel forwards. Another goal was scored by Mid-America in the 56th minute, and the game became 2-0 in their favor.
Bethel went on a bit of an offensive spurt finally during the 60th minutes, which included a nice shot by Carlos Cornejo (FR/Newton, Kan.) which just was a bit high and went off the crossbar. Richard Ebel (JR/Victorville, Calif.) was able to net his first goal of the season just minutes later, and gave Bethel a bit of hope at coming back, 2-1.
The Evangels managed a third goal ten minutes later, and secured their victory 3-1.
Bethel (now 3-2) will take on Bacone College down in Oklahoma on Saturday, with the game scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM.