LINDSBORG — Central Christian College’s soccer teams were outlasted by county college Bethany on Wednesday.
Brooklynn Meinke’s goal early in the second half decided the women’s game in favor of the Swedes, 2-1. She was assisted by Sarah Henderson.
Henderson had scored the Swedes’ first goal, assisted by Meinke.
“I am so proud of Brooklynn (Meinke) and Sarah (Henderson) for leading the offense, they worked hard and it paid off tonight,” BC coach John Markey said as the Swedes are now 2-2 on the year.
Early in the second half, Central’s Kaitlyn Bevel tied the game at 1-all, but Meinke’s deciding goal came just a minute later.
Both goalies were kept busy. CCC’s Goldie Bougher came up with 7 saves, while Bethany’s Jovana Canales had 5.
“You're never happy to lose, but I am pleased with the progress we are making,” CCC coach Scott Fogarty said. “We competed today with a good team that only two years ago blew us out 9-0 and 4-0 last year. We're closing in. The effort was there, but our touch was not. We had bad touches all night that gave away possessions or stopped our own attacks and we couldn't get into a rhythm. Otherwise we might be singing a different tune. We were done in by just two moments in the game. We went to sleep just before half on a throw-in that gave their best player a free shot at goal and then we lost her again in midfield on their second goal."
Central takes to the road Tuesday to play St. Gregory’s while Bethany hosts Hastings College on Sunday.
• BETHANY MEN 4, CENTRAL 1 — It was just one of those days for the Tigers, who were outshot 21-8 as Bethany came to play.
“Tough way to lose tonight,” said CCC coach Aaron Hoxie, whose team is now 2-2. “I mean, give all of the credit to Bethany, they were better, but we certainly didn't make it difficult for them. Conceding the type of goals that we did and the manner in which we conceded, was all the difference. That being said, it wasn't all bad, but we need to press forward on the positives."
Joshua Taylor, off an Oscar Gudino assist, scored the Tigers’ goal.
It was the first win of the year for Bethany, now 1-3. Alex Clark scored two goals, while Lucas Muckley and Brandon Slewa scored one apiece.
“It feels good to get the win and score a few goals," Bethany coach Shane Taylor said. "The guys showed some resolve playing down a man in the second half. Pulling back the goal late that we conceded showed our determination. We are going to try to build off this and prepare for our next match."
Central is home Saturday to take on KCAC power Kansas Wesleyan, while Bethany takes a break as it doesn’t play again until Sept. 20 when it hosts Oklahoma City University.