The Bethel College men's soccer team didn't create a lot of quality chances, but converted when it did, claiming a 2-1 win over St. Gregory's University of the Sooner Athletic Conference Wednesday night in the season opener at Thresher Stadium.
Bethel wins it's first season opener since 2011. Both Bethel goals came early in the second half. The Threshers also snap a five-game losing streak.
"That was important. We finished the chances we got," Bethel coach Brennan Peacock said. "We could have had a couple more goals there, but I'm definitely pleased with the goal we got.
"It does feel good, but we can't hang our hats on it. We have to continue to get better."
Bethel took the lead in the 49th minute when Levi Lettau put back a rebound on a shot by Albert Montoya.
Tavis King added to the Thresher lead with a breakaway in the 57th minute. Less than two minutes later, the Cavaliers scored on a direct kick from Greg Gibson to Mark McGrath.
"That was an unfortunate goal on a free kick," Peacock said. "We have to defend that better. We battled back and finished the game."
St. Gregory's had possession for most of the first half, but the Threshers were able to bottle up the Cavaliers in the midfield. SGU held a 5-2 advantage in shots in the first half.
"They did have most of the possession in the first half," Peacock said. "We showed up nervous. We weren't very composed. After about 20 or 30 minutes, we found our own and stepped up in the game."
Bethel hosts Dallas Christian at 2 p.m. Sunday at Thresher Stadium. DCC opened the season with a 3-1 loss to Southwestern Assemblies of God University Tuesday. DCC is the defending Association of Christian College Athletics national runner-up and took sixth in the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II nationals last year.
"We don't know much about Dallas Christian," Peacock said. "It's early in the season. We knew St. Gregory's was going to good, but we didn't know their personnel. (St. Gregory's) conference is strong. You have to play your best against every team out of there."
St. Gregory's 0 1 —1
Bethel 0 2 —2
1. B Levi Lettau (unassisted) 48:24
2. B Tavis King (Ben Krider) 56:39
3. SG Mark McGrath (Greg Gibson) 58:08
Total shots — SG 5-5—10, BC 2-5—7. Shots on goal — SG 3-4—7, BC 2-3—5. Saves — SG: Adrian Cole (L) 2-1—3. BC: Jesus Hernandez (W) 3-3—6. Corner kicks — SG 1, BC 0. Fouls — SG 7, BC 16. Offsides — SG 0, BC 1. Cautions — SG: Marcus Miranda 54:29, Greg Keogh 74:58. BC: Trent Fynaut 61:22, King 72:21