WINFIELD — The Bethel College women's soccer team couldn't generate much offense Saturday night, falling to Southwestern 2-0 at Jantz Stadium in Winfield.
Bethel falls to 2-10-1, 1-4 in KCAC play. Southwestern improves to 5-8, 2-3 in KCAC play.
Bethel didn't get a shot in the game until the 88th minute.
"We came out a little slow at the start," Bethel coach Anthony Turini said. "In the first 15 minutes, we gave them a couple of chances. They finally got one. Once they got that first goal, we woke up and started playing better. We've been getting better throughout the season. We're pretty strong defensively. We need to find some offensive-minded girls who want to attack. It's getting better as we go. We still have a lot of young girls. We have four freshmen who are pretty consistently starting right now."
Bethel was without senior midfielder Brooke Banning because of a concussion and junior defender Lina Adame, who was involved in a wedding.
"Not having Brooke in there hurt us," Turini said. "We had to drop a younger kid back. Lina really helps us out there."
Bethel was outshot 16-1. Madison Wiles has 12 saves in goal for the Threshers. Kelsey Greshman saved the only shot against her.
"Maddie is well respected in the conference," Turini said. "She keeps us in the games. Now we need to start scoring goals."
The Bethel defense failed to clear a ball, which led to a Southwestern goal in the 12th minute.
Bethel was outshot 7-0 in the first half, but allowed just one shot in the final 33 minutes of the half.
Bethel made several pushes forward, but failed to get a shot off.
Southwestern missed several chances to score early in the second half, including two shots off the crossbar. The Moundbuilders scored on a breakaway by Abbie Woods.
Bethel has four games remaining and needs to get in the top six in the conference. Bethel plays at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kansas Wesleyan, which has been receiving votes in the NAIA top 25.
"We have four games left, and we probably have to win three of the next four to get in," Turini said. "Kansas Wesleyan is one of the top three teams in the conference. We do have a couple of winnable games. This game, and Saint Mary, were games we're disappointed in because of where we are in the conference and where they are. We still have some young kids that are learning and coming along."
Bethel 0 0 —0
Swestern 1 1 —2
1. S Sierra Meyer (Joy Reyes, Courtney Hornbeck) 11:46
2. S Abbie Woods (Hornbeck) 56:01
Total shots — BC 0-1—1, SC 7-9—16. Shots on goal — BC 0-1—1, SC 7-7—14. Saves — BC: Madison Wiles (L) 6-6—12. SC: Kelsey Gresham (W) 0-1—1. Corner kicks — BC 3, SC 4. Fouls — BC 1, SC 7. Offsides — BC 0, SC 0. Cautions — none.