LINDSBORG – They say there is nothing in sports like penalty kicks to decide a game in soccer.
The Bethany College women's soccer team gave the fans at Anderson Stadium a thrilling performance Saturday, which ended in a shootout, to advance in the KCAC Tournament.
The Swedes were down 3-2 to Tabor with less than 3 minutes to go when Mariana Cerenio-Jordan gave Bethany life. Cerenio-Jordan capitalized on a ball played in by Kristina Garcia to tie the game at 3-alland send it into overtime.
After two scoreless overtime periods, the teams would decide who advances in the tournament in penalty kick fashion. Swedes goalkeeper Jovana Canales made two huge saves and the Swedes buried all four of their attempts .
Bethany's Arianna Anaya got the scoring started early, just 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Garcia found Anaya in the middle of a crowded box and Anaya found a way to put the ball in the back of the net giving the Swedes a 1-0 lead.
The Bluejays would respond right away as Tabor took the ball from midfield and went straight on the attack. Seconds later Jessica Renzelman found the back of the net and tied the game 1-1. Christina Noonan gave the Swedes the lead once again 21 minutes into the first half on a shot just inside the right edge of the box. But, like before, Tabor would tie the game on a Kelly Gomez goal in the 39th minute of the game.
Lillian Bear gave the Blue Jays the lead in the 57th minute of the contest and that is where the game stayed until the final moments of the contest, when Cerenio-Jordan tied the game at three and sent the game into overtime.
Bethany plays Kansas Wesleyan on Thursday in Topeka. Game time is 11:30 a.m. at Hummer Park.