NORTH NEWTON, Kan. - The Southwestern Christian University men's soccer team fell 2-1 in a double-overtime match-up with the Bethel College Threshers at Joe W. Goering field on Saturday, September 17th.
The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead ten minutes into the first half when Matthew Corrigan scrambled for a mis-handled ball by the Bethel keeper. Corrigan sent the ball into the net for the first score of the game.
80 minutes of action would pass until either team would score again. Thresher forward Cameron Wood dribbled across the front of the box to send the ball past SCU goalkeeper Rey Mata, equalizing the game at 1-1 with ten minutes remaining.
Both teams remained scoreless for the rest of the regulation period and the match was sent into overtime.
Bethel (5-1) seized a fortunate opportunity when the Eagles failed to convert a corner kick with four minutes remaining in the second overtime period. Luis Meza took possession of the ball off the kick, firing it into the crossbar. The ball rebounded and as the Eagles set for their next shot, the Threshers stole the ball for a quick run up-field. With most of the Eagle defense pulled up to help with the offense, the Threshers were able to scramble past the SCU defense to fire the ball into the net. The goal ended the game automatically, giving the Threshers the 2-1 victory.
The Eagles out-shot the Threshers 11-8 and goalkeeper Rey Mata recording three saves.
SCU travels to Claremore, Oklahoma on Tuesday, September 20th to square off with the Rogers State Hillcats (3-1). Game time is set for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live at www.rsuhillcats.com/live.