A long road trip bore little fruit for the Bethany College men’s soccer team, as they tied 2-2 with Johnson and Wales University Sunday.
The Wildcats of Johnson and Wales University took an early lead, netting a header off a cross shot just over one minute into the game. Johnson and Wales scored again at the 15-minute mark to take a 2-0 lead.
The Swedes answered back four minutes later as sophomore Luis Fernando Pinto scored on a penalty kick, cutting the Wildcats lead to 2-1 going into halftime.
Bethany tied the game just over three minutes into the second half on a goal by senior Lewis Collins, assisted by senior Admir Balicevac.
Neither team scored the remainder of the second half, sending the game into overtime.
After two overtime periods, neither the Swedes nor Wildcats were able to find the net, ending in a 2-2 tie.
Bethany outshot Johnson and Wales 18-16. Collins totaled five shots on the afternoon, followed by freshman Oladipo Williams with four and Fernando Pinto with two.
Collins, Fernando Pinto, and Williams had two shots on goal each. Senior goalkeeper Jackson McClure recorded three saves, allowing two goals.
"This was a disappointing result," Swede coach Kevin Megli said, "but the ability to overcome a 2-0 deficit gave the team confidence that they can now carry over into their conference opener against Ottawa University."
The Swedes are now 4-2-1 overall. Bethany returns home to begin their KCAC schedule Saturday as they host Ottawa University. Game time set for 8:30 p.m.