LINDSBORG — After a quick goal within the first two minutes of the match, the Bethany College Swedes went cold and could not find the net again for the remainder of the match. Bethany lost the match to the Owls of William Woods University 1-2. With this loss, the Swedes start 0-1 on the season while WWU moves to 2-0.
“I think the team played well for periods of time, and we lacked in others,” head coach Shane Taylor said. “It’s sort of typical for a team that has been together for only nine days.”
Sophomore midfielde rAlex Clark netted at ball at just over the one-minute mark in the game, after a dish from fellow sophomore midfielder Frank Barry.
“We started off on the right foot, which is something we’ll continue to stress and hope to make a consistent theme with our team,” Taylor said. “From there we need to do a better job managing the ebb and flow of the game. Our effort was there, and we worked hard throughout the match, [we] just came up short in the end.”
The Swedes then held the Owls scoreless for 20 minutes before Matheus Schmid was able to poke a ball through the defense and into the goal. The match was tied up for another twenty minutes before Bridger Pretz broke the dry spell and scored for the Owls.
Other than the final goal, the teams stayed very even during the match with each goalkeeper grabbing three saves; WWU took nine total shots with five of those being shots on goal and Bethany took aim at eight shots and four shots on goal.
The Swedes look to bounce back when they travel to Iowa to take on Dordt College on Friday, Sept. 2 and then Northwestern College on Saturday, Sept. 3.
“We know both teams this weekend will be competitive match-ups,” Taylor said. “Exactly the kind of contests you need to prepare for conference games. Obviously, we will be looking for a response from our recent loss, and I have all the confidence in our players that we are up for the challenge.”