The last time Bethel College senior soccer player Josh Laubenheimer took a penalty kick, he missed a chance against the University of Saint Mary that would have put the game away.


The last time Bethel College senior soccer player Josh Laubenheimer took a penalty kick, he missed a chance against the University of Saint Mary that would have put the game away.

During Saturday’s game against Tabor, Laubenheimer again was given a chance, this time with the game tied 1-1 in the closing minutes of regulation. Laubenheimer buried the shot giving the Threshers a 2-1 win at Thresher Stadium.

Bethel improves to 5-9-1, 3-4 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Tabor falls to 4-11-1, 3-4 in KCAC play. With two games remaining for each team, they are tied for sixth, which is the final team selected for the conference post-season tournament. Bethel now holds the tie-breaker.

“I got a little redemption,” Laubenheimer said. “We pretty much have to win out to get to the playoffs. We have a lot of young guys, but they are finally coming together. We have big games against Bethany and Sterling.”

The Threshers are on a four-game winning streak while Tabor lost its third straight.

“We finally jelled,” Laubenheimer said. “We got the right players in the right position.. We changed how we defend. We went to a 5-4-1 instead of a 4-4-2. That’s the first time we came back from a 1-0 deficit. In the second half, we stopped playing the long ball and made better passes.”

“We struggled with consistency all year,” Tabor coach Grant Brubacher said. “We struggled to play a full 90 minutes.”

Tabor controlled the game most of the first half. Robert Masson struck in the 13th minute on a breakaway set up by a David Simmet crossing pass.

The Threshers had a number of corner kick chances late in the first half that Tabor was able to turn away.

Bethel equalized in the 55th minute when B.J. Heffernan converted on a Mario Reyes back pass.

“In the first couple of minutes, we had a great chance and put it wide,” Bethel coach Jason Moore said. “Tabor came back and scored. I felt like we were chasing a little in the first half. The second half, we came out and showed who we are. We gave Josh the chance. He’s a senior and he earned it. He buried it for us. That’s what we expect from him. B.J. absolutely bombed one. He’s got a cannon.”

Bethel plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bethany, which is tied for fourth in the KCAC, a game ahead of Bethel and Tabor. Tabor hosts Friends at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Tabor 1 0 —1

Bethel 0 2 —2

1. TC Robert Masson (David Simmet) 12:32

2. BC B.J. Heffernan (Mario Reyes) 54:19

3. BC Josh Laubenheimer (penalty kick) 82:25

Total shots — TC 6-8—14, BC 8-5—13. Shots on goal — TC 3-5—8, BC 4-5—9. Saves — TC: Dalton Burkhard (L) 4-3—7. BC: Marcus Maust (W) 2-5—7. Corner kicks — TC 7, BC 6. Fouls — TC 14, BC 19. Offsides — TC 3, BC 5. Cautions — TC: Marcos Banderia :21, Aram Najar 26:59, Simmet 73:10, Josh Reiswig 77:29, Burkhard 84:01. BC: Marcus McClellan 26:59, Grant Keith 70:02.