LINDSBORG—The Bethany College women's soccer team fell 2-1 to Avila University in a KCAC Quarterfinal matchup at Anderson Stadium on Saturday night.
The first half saw a lot of chances for the Swedes in the high tempo game. In the 35th minute, Emily Mokricky, sophomore midfielder, played a cross into the box where Brena Mitchell, sophomore midfielder, was able to get a head on the ball and bury it into the back of the net. The finish by Mitchell put the Swedes ahead 1-0 heading into the break. In the second half, both teams came out with all cylinders firing. Avila was able to get a corner kick in the 52nd minute that the converted to make the score 1-1. Again in the 57th minute, Avila was able to convert another corner for a goal to pull ahead 2-1. The Avila goalkeeper came up big on two breakaways by the Swedes attacking line to keep the score 2-1 and come away with the victory.
As a team, the Swedes had a total of ten shots in the match compared to the 13 for the Eagles. Destinee Wells, senior goalkeeper, made a total of seven saves in net for the Swedes.
"Our hearts are broken tonight. I'm very proud of our team for how had we fought," Bethany's coach Justin Olson said. "We came out strong and went into the halftime up 1-0. We learned a lot this season and will bounce back. Thank you to our seniors who laid the foundation for our program for the years to come. Thank you to our fans, administration, and parents for all of your support."
With the loss tonight, the Bethany College women's soccer team concludes their 2019 campaign with a final record of 9-9-1. This was the final match for the 2019 senior class which includes Mackenzie Callison, Kylie Young, Destinee Wells, and Carissa Zubro.