The bubble finally burst for Central Christian College’s women’s soccer team here Tuesday.
After reeling off three straight wins to start the season, the Lady Tigers suffered their first loss as Bethany scored two goals in each half for a 4-0 victory.
CCC is now 2-1 against the KCAC this year.
There were plenty of chances for both teams, as Bethany fired off 22 shots and Central had 15, but were turned away time and again.
All-KCAC first-team pick Sarah Henderson had two goals for the Swedes, while others were scored by Jeana-Brinae Russell and Christina Noonen. Russell also had two assists and Henderson had one. Jovan Canales also was credited with an assist.
“We faced a Bethany side with lots of individual quality and you have to give it to them, their players left their mark,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. “From our perspective, though, we have to do a much better job of shutting players like that down. We were missing a key defender for us tonight in Jessica Roberts, but good teams find a way to cope in those situations. Kaitlyn Bevel filled in as a make-shift defender and did a great job, but as a team we needed to cope better. All four goals can be attributed to us giving them time and space in dangerous positions. You just can't do that against good players and expect good results to happen.”
Fogarty was disappointed the Lady Tigers didn’t at least get one point on the board.
“Offensively we mustered a decent amount of shots and a number of half-chances, but we failed to connect on dangerous balls and struggled all night to find our touch,” he said. “We're taking it as a learning experience and going to grow from tonight. Sometimes a loss can be the best thing for a team."
Central makes a marathon road trip on Saturday to Dakota Wesleyan.