Oct. 11 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Led by two second half goals and a defense which only allowed four shots, the Bethany College women’s soccer team (6-5-2, 1-1) recorded a 2-0 triumph over visiting Thiel (0-9-3, 0-3) Saturday afternoon.
The Bison dominated the pace of the game throughout, but were held scoreless in the first half despite an 11-0 shot advantage. Thiel keeper Jill Harry had to make five saves to keep BC off the board, but Bethany did not allow an attempt on their senior netminder Courtney Teets (Gladesville, W.Va./Preston).
Bethany turned up the efforts in the second half and was rewarded with two scores early in the period. Freshman Jessica Biddle (Webster, Pa./Belle Vernon) scored her first career goal in the 54th minute for a 1-0 BC lead.
That advantage doubled to 2-0 at the 57:46 mark of the contest when freshman Cassie Spalding (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) added to her team-leading goal count. Junior Lisa Wabrick (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan) assisted on the Spalding goal, which was her seventh of the year.
Although Bethany wasn’t able to tack on any more goals, their defense stymied the Tomcats to prevent any comeback hopes. After being held without a shot in the first half, Thiel managed to get off four attempts in the final 45 minutes, but only one of them reached Teets, who made that save on her way to the third shutout of her career. For the match, Bethany compiled a 35-4 advantage in shots.
The Bison will go after their seventh victory of the year, which would be the most since winning the PAC title with a 12-9 mark in 1999, on Wednesday against Waynesburg. The match was originally scheduled for as an afternoon contest, but has been switched to a 7:30 kickoff at Bison Stadium. Bethany already defeated Waynesburg 3-1 on the road earlier this year in a non-conference match.