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 —1Bethel 0 2 —21. TC Robert Masson (David Simmet) 12:322. BC B.J. Heffernan (Mario Reyes) 54:193. BC Josh Laubenheimer (penalty kick) 82:25Total 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.