LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s soccer teams were swept Thursday in their season opener against University of Science and Arts.
• USAO men 2, Bethany 0 — The Drovers came into the game with a No. 17 national preseason ranking and lived up to their billing.
USAO fired off a whopping 27-1 advantage in shots, but Swede goalie Kayo Vaz was a rock between the pipes and was helped by the BC defense.
“Kayo (Vaz) and Arman Hoque played extremely well as we dealt with a lot of pressure from USAO," Bethany coach Shane Taylor said. "For our first game in and playing against the No. 17-ranked team in the country, we can take away some positives and focus in on improving areas where we were lacking tonight."
Colin Kanwisher and Luka Rasovic scored the goals for the Drovers, both of them coming in the first half.
"Although we were always chasing the game, our effort was good and we played better in the second half," Taylor said.
Bethany will try to even its record tonight as it plays at Concordia University of Seward, Neb.
• USAO women 2, Bethany 1 — Bethany got off to a sensational start as All-KCAC preseason pick Sarah Henderson scored just 107 seconds into the game, but that was it for the Swedes.
The Drovers evened the game before the half on a Jade Ovendale goal. Overtime appeared imminent as neither team could score in the second half, but there was a dramatic conclusion as Linda Addo scored right as the clock nearly hit 0:00, with Ovendale assisting.
“It was a hard battle for the first game of the year," Bethany coach Sean McMannis said. "We came out with a new formation and the girls did great to execute the things that we had been working on the last few weeks. We need to improve our fitness and finishing ability, but we are very excited for the direction the team is headed so early in the year."
USAO had a 15-5 advantage in shots.
The Swedes will try to notch their first win on Saturday when they play at Central Christian College of McPherson. Game time is 6 p.m.