The Bethel College women’s soccer team missed a chance to extend its longest winning streak since 1999, falling to Southwestern 3-0 Wednesday night.
The Thresher winning streak was halted at three games. Southwestern improves to 4-4, 1-0 in KCAC play.
“The girls played really well,” Bethel coach Alex Hagan said. “I don’t think the result shows how well we played. We had a forward in goal for us. She was a little nervous. Those goals don’t reflect how we played. The girls are playing the right way.”
Bethel was without starting keeper Kyle Williams. Maddie McDaniel started in goal for the Threshers, posing six saves. Olyvia Bish had four saves in goal for Southwestern for the clean sheet.
Briana Alcorn scored two goals to lead the Moundbuilders. Bethel was outshot 20-7 for the game.
Bethel struggled with ball control early, but had the first shot of the game.
Bethel failed to clear a ball, leading to a Southwestern throw-in, which led to a Alcorn shot that slipped through the keeper’s hands. Alcorn scored in the 29th minute on the rebound of a Karrie McNutt shot.
Bethel was outshot 12-2 in the first half.
The Threshers played a little better in the second half, limiting Southwestern’s opportunities. The Moundbuilders managed to put things away with a goal by Evelyn Rodriguez in the 73rd minute.
Shortly afterwards, a Bethel shot went off the crossbar.
Bethel had a direct kick in the 86th minute that went over the crossbar.
“We got better throughout the game,” Hagan said. “When we were down 2-0, the girls stopped playing our game. They got frustrated. I get that. They are a young team. At the same time, they need to stay calm. We were successful in the first 20 to 25 minutes. We were moving the ball around. After we gave up a couple of goals is when we stopped doing what we do best.”
Bethel falls to 3-4, 0-1 in KCAC play. The Threshers face Saint Mary at 1 p.m. Saturday in Leavenworth. The Spires are 4-3-1, losing to Friends 1-0 in their conference opener.
“They played a lot of the same teams we have,” Hagan said. “I think we have a good chance of coming home with a win if we give the same effort we gave today.”
1. S Briana Alcorn (unassisted) 12:01
2. S Alcorn (Karrie McNutt) 28:31
3. S Evelyn Rodriguez (Maria Munoz) 72:45
Total shots — SC 12-8—20, BC 2-5—7. Shots on goal — SC 6-3—9, BC 2-2—4. Saves — SC: Olyvia Bish (W) 2-2—4. BC: Maddie McDaniel (L) 4-2—6. Corner kicks — SC 4, BC 1. Fouls — SC 8, BC 10. Offside — SC 1, BC 0. Cautions — SC: Cecilia Alvarez 85:46.