MCPHERSON, Kan. - The Bethel men's soccer team put their 3-0 conference record on the line this afternoon in a matchup against the McPherson Bulldogs. McPherson stuck it to Bethel in the first half, cruising to a 3-0 lead at halftime. Bethel came tearing back though in the second half, matching them with three scores of their own. With only two minutes left, it appeared overtime would be needed, but a quick goal by the Bulldogs cemented the defeat for Bethel, by the score of 4-3.
The Thresher attack was stagnant in the first half, while McPherson was running on 100% strength with 12 total shots taken at the Bethel goal. Goalkeeper Kobi Russom (JR/Iowa City, Iowa) had his hands full early on, and earned six of his 11 total saves in the first 45 minutes. Unfortunately McPherson managed to get three goals by Russom in the first half, and took the 3-0 advantage into halftime.
"We were an unrecognizable team in the first half, there is no way we can play worse than we did today in the first half," stated Coach Victor Garcia-Bebek. "During our halftime we asked the guys to win the second half."
Bethel did not disappoint, as they put together three goals in the span of 27 minutes. It began during the 60th minute, when Dante Texeira (SO/Andover, Kan.) managed to find his second goal of the season. Ten minutes later, Texeira setup the score off a corner kick, and Thomas Minor V (JR/Tonganoxie, Kan.) managed to use his head and get the ball into the back of the net, cutting into the McPherson lead 3-2.
Things were getting tight, and it wasn't clear if Bethel could complete the comeback. With just under three minutes left in regulation, Richard Ebel (JR/Victorville, Calif.) put in the equalizer after a great corner kick by Aron Lundh (FR/Gothenburg, Sweden). With just a couple minutes left, it appeared overtime would be needed to decide this game. However, just twenty seconds later the Bulldogs burst down the field and retook their lead, and secured the 4-3 loss for Bethel.
We shook some things around and started to find space behind McPherson's backline," offered Garcia-Bebek. "Little by little we took over the game, to the point of tying it up 3-3. We backed off and they took advantage of that with the fourth goal. It is a learning process, and I am very thankful for the effort the guys put in the second half. It is a disappointing loss but I am proud of the way they fought back. We now turn the page and focus on preparing for Sterling."
Bethel drops to 7-4 on the season, and 3-1 in KCAC action. They will visit Sterling on October 11th, with the game scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM.