Bethel sophomore forward Ariel Williams isn't the tallest player in the world, which had her missing a couple of chances at headers on goal by inches.
Williams finally headed a pass from Haley Cain into the goal in the 93rd minute to lift the BC women's soccer team to a 3-2 overtime win over St. Gregory's University Wednesday at Thresher Stadium.
The win was the first season-opening win for the Threshers since 2007. Bethel also snaps an 0-4-1 winless streak.
"That felt really good," Williams said. "That was the first time ever I scored a goal with my head. I had one that was just a little over my head. (At halftime,) the coach told us they were deserving to win because they were hustling a little more. We need to win the 50-50 balls. We just took to that. We need to work hard and play to our potential. We're tired of losing. We came out and hustled. We won the 50-50 balls and it helped. We won the game."
Williams is a native of Houston. She scored two goals for the Threshers last season, when Bethel scored nine goals for the year.
"It was a good feeling to beat them," Williams said. "We were thinking go for the win (in overtime). We didn't want the tie."
Kelsey Peterson and Cain each scored a goal with an assist for Bethel. Madison Wiles had 12 saves in goal for the Threshers. Jena Flewelling had three saves for SGU.
Bethel was outshot 15-8, 14-6 on goal.
"In the first half, we just sat back," Bethel coach Anthony Turini said. "We were letting them win all the 50-50 balls. We played a lot more aggressive in the second half. We need to play more aggressive."
St. Gregory's had the advantage in possession for most of the first half, but struggled getting shots until Alyssa Pios connected on a crossing pass from Jessica Thompson in the 27th minute.
Bethel scored twice in the first two minutes of the second half on breakaway goals. The first by Peterson. The second was a goal by Cain on a feed from Peterson.
A breakaway by Araceli Flores in the 66th minute equalized the game.
Both teams had chances in the remainder of regulation. Wiles had a save on a breakaway in the closing seconds.
The Cavaliers had back-to-back shots early in extra time. Bethel scored on its second chance of the overtime.
"We have some girls who came in ready," Turini said of the team's conditioning. "We had some girls who came in not ready. We had a little bit of a mix, which is not good."
Bethel plays at 4 p.m. Sept. 4 at York College in York, Neb.
"We have to play like we played in the second half for a full 90 minutes," Turini said. "We need to play more with consistency."
St. Gregory's 1 1 (0-x) —2
Bethel 0 2 (1-x) —3
1. SG Alyssa Pios (Jessica Thompson) 26:14
2. B Kelsey Peterson (unassisted) 46:16
3. B Haley Cain (Peterson) 46:48
4. SG Araceli Flores (unassisted) 64:24
5. B Ariel Williams (Cain) 93:31
Total shots — SG 7-6-(2-x)—15, BC 1-5-(2-x)—8. Shots on goal — SG 7-6-(1-x)—14, BC 1-4-(1-x)—6. Saves — SG: Jena Flewell(L) 1-2-(1-x)—4. BC: Madison Wiles (W) 6-5-(1-x)—12. Corner kicks — SG 9, BC 5. Fouls — SG 9, BC 10. Offsides — SG 1, BC 1. Cautions — none.