Sept. 11- BETHANY, W.Va.- The Bethany College men’s soccer (2-4) team routed Penn State-New Kensington (2-1), 7-0, in its home opener Wednesday afternoon at Bison Stadium.
The game was ended after 70 minutes due to lightning.
Bethany set a season-high in shots, as they outshot the Lions 29-2 in the victory.
Freshman Callum Appleby (Maidstone, United Kingdom/ Maidstone Grammar School) made two saves for his second shutout of the season.
The Bison started the game off quick, as senior Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre) scored the first of his three goals two minutes into the game, as he received a pass from senior Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) at the top of the eighteen yard box and shot it past the keeper into the left side of the goal.
Two minutes later, James received a cross from Balde and shot it past the keeper to give the Bison a 2-0 lead.
Balde gave the Bison a 3-0 in the seventh minute as he managed to get to the ball after New Kensington goalkeeper Jimmy Cook made a save, and put it in the open goal.
Junior Yannick Niedworok (Manheim, Germany/Heidelberg) netted his first goal of the season in the 18th minute. He received the ball after the Lions goalkeeper made a save, and shot it into the net.
Freshman Oumar Balde (Lyon, France/ Cross Keys) scored an incredible goal in the 27th minute, which was the his first of the season. He shot the ball from the 50 yard line and it went over the goalkeeper’s head and into the back of the net.
James and Balde each added another goal, as the Bison would go on for the 7-0 victory.
Bethany returns to action on Saturday, September 14 when they host Pitt-Greensburg at 4:00 p.m.