KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Bethany College women's soccer team used a strong second half to put together a 4-1 win against Avila University on Wednesday.
The Eagles got on the scoreboard in the 14th minute to go up 1-0 in the match. The Swedes continued to apply the pressure, and eventually Juliana Lopez, freshman forward, broke through in the 18th minute to tie the game at one a piece heading into halftime. Then, in the 65th minute Lopez struck again to put the Swedes ahead 2-1. A strong defensive performance by the Swedes kept the Eagles' offense to only one shot in the second half. In the 84th minute, Brena Mitchell, sophomore forward, joined in on the scoring when she buried a shot from outside the 18-yard box to put the Swedes up 3-1. Less than two minutes later, Lauren McLeod, sophomore forward, buried the fourth goal of the match off of a pass from Mitchell inside the six-yard box.
Head coach, Justin Olson stated, "I am really proud of the result today. We gave up a goal early and did well getting back in the game. Avila played with a lot of energy and made things difficult for us all game. We were able to finish our chances and I'm happy with our team overall. We will enjoy this win today and get ready for a tough McPherson team with weekend."
As a team, the Swedes got off 11 shots against the Avila defense. Avila was only able to get four shots in the game. Destinee Wells, senior goalkeeper, was credited with two saves in the game. This win brings the Swedes overall season record to 5-7 and 3-3 in KCAC competition.
The Bethany College women's soccer team will travel to McPherson College on Saturday to take on the Bulldogs in a tough KCAC match. The Swedes and Bulldogs will kick off at 11 a.m. on Oct. 19. The McPherson Bulldogs own a record of 1-7-3 on the season.