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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Swede soccer sweeps York

  • The Bethany College mens' and women's soccer teams had a successful road trip to York, Neb., Tuesday, as they swept York College.
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  • The Bethany College mens' and women's soccer teams had a successful road trip to York, Neb., Tuesday, as they swept York College.
    Coming off their first victory of the season, a 5-0 shutout over Central Christian College on Saturday, the Bethany College women's soccer team fought the tough weather conditions and utilized their aggressive offense attack to defeat York 3-0.
    "We battled all the elements today," Swede coach Sean McMannis said. "We started strong with shot after shot. The York goalie came up big time after time. Finally Tessa broke the goalie with a long range shot."
    Senior Tessa Kuhlengel netted the first goal of the game at the 21-minute mark to give Bethany a 1-0 lead going into halftime. Kuhlengel was assisted by sophomore Arianna Anaya.
    "Second half came and so did the storm," McMannis said. "Heavy rain and wind came in and dumped for 25 minutes. The girls fought through and scored two more goals. I am happy with the win."
    Freshman Sarah Henderson led the Swedes offense in the second half.
    Just under 20 minutes into the second half, Henderson nailed the second goal of the game, assisted by junior Nichole Washburn. Eleven minutes later, Henderson then scored the third and final goal for Bethany on a penalty kick.
    Bethany outshot York 38-3. Kuhlengel had 10 shots, four on goal. Henderson tallied seven shots, five on goal as Washburn added seven shots, four on goal. Junior Jasmine Zaker had one save.
    The Swedes are now 2-2 overall. The squad hosts their Alumni Game on Saturday, September 14, at 9 a.m. Bethany then returns to action on Monday as they travel to Manhattan Christian College. Game time is set for 5 p.m.
    Fresh off a 3-2 victory over Central Christian College on Saturday, the Swede men also persevered through the slippery weather and defeated York 5-1.
    "We struggled in the first half with our consistency and passing, only having the game tied at 0-0 at half," Bethany coach Kevin Megli said. "We made some good adjustments in the second half to make the game simple and easier for us to control."
    After a scoreless first half, Bethany caught on fire in the second half. Sophomore Luis Pinto Fernando netted the first Bethany goal seven minutes into the second half, assisted by junior Arman Hoque.
    Six minutes later, junior Lucas Procopio added the second goal, assisted by Fernando.
    At the 61-minute mark, Fernando scored his second goal of the night off an assist from senior Lewis Collins.
    York responded with a goal of their own 14 minutes later, cutting the Bethany lead to 3-1.
    However, that did not slow the Swedes as junior Chris Telemaque continued the offensive attack, pounding in the Swedes' fourth goal off an assist by Hoque at the 76-minute mark. Just over five minutes later, senior Admir Balicevac kicked the final goal of the night for Bethany, assisted by freshman Oladipo Williams.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Swedes outshot York 30-5. Procopio totaled seven shots on the night, four on goal. Collins added seven shots, three of which were shots on goal. Fernando contributed six shots, five on goal. Senior Jackson McClure tacked on one save for the Swedes.
    "I am very pleased with our performance the second half the game," Megli said. "Our ability to finish the ball was the biggest difference in the game."
    The Swedes are now 2-1 overall. Bethany returns to the field on Sept. 18 as they travel to Concordia University, Seward. Game time is set for 5 p.m.

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