NORTH NEWTON, Kan. - The Bethel men's soccer team traveled to Sterling College this afternoon, looking to get back on track after Saturday's tight matchup at McPherson. The Threshers started the game with the first goal, and carried a 2-1 lead into halftime. The second half had it's share of struggles for both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball for Bethel, as they ultimately fell to the Warriors 4-2.
It took a little while for either team to find their stride. Bethel was able to take 11 shots in the first half, while Sterling took seven, so it wasn't for a lack of trying that neither team found the scoreboard until after the 30 minute mark. Bethel was the first to figure out how to convert on the offensive end, as Jonas Tingberg (FR/Gothenburg, Sweden) was able to finish off a Bethel attack right at the goal (assisted by Chris Torres (JR/Denton, Texas)).
Bethel's intitial lead did not last long, as Sterling found their equalizer in the 34th minute. Bethel would soon enough take it back however, thanks to Carlos Cornejo (FR/Newton, Kan.) in the 39th minute. Bethel rode a 2-1 lead into halftime.
The fun stopped there though for the Threshres, as the Warriors amped up their efforts on both the offense and defense. Bethel's last solid showing of an attack ended with three shots in front of the goal, with all three either saved or blocked by the Sterling defensive back line. This momentum swing started off right then and there, as they went on to tie the game 2-2 just a couple minutes later off a penalty kick.
Sterling's game winning goal came in the 64th minute, and as they continued to push Bethel's chances shrunk. The Warriors tacked on their insurance goal in the 81st minute, and Bethel fell by the score of 4-2.
"Sterling came out to play, credit to them," said Coach Victor Garcia-Bebek. "We on the other hand were not ready, and looked weak in many areas. We will regroup and get ready for Kansas Wesleyan."
The Threshers fall to 7-5 on the season, and 3-2 in conference action. Bethel has a great shot to make the KCAC tournament, and will need to right the ship soon. Their next opportunity to do so is this Saturday, when they host Kansas Wesleyan as part of the Fall Fest events. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 PM.