Sept. 9 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Three goals in the final 17 minutes allowed the Bethany women’s soccer team to erase a one-goal deficit and defeat visiting Franciscan 3-1 Wednesday night at Bison Stadium.
The first half was controlled by the Bison (3-1), who held a 13-3 advantage in shots, which included a chance by sophomore Loren McAnany (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) that clanged off the cross bar just minutes into the game. Despite the efforts throughout the half, a misplay in the back gave the Barons (1-2) a chance and Stacey Lancour converted for a 1-0 Franciscan advantage with 3:39 left in the first half, a lead they took to halftime.
After the break, the action was more even through the early part of the second half, but as the half reached the midway point, Bethany began to take control. They continued to pile up opportunities, but had trouble breaking through against the Barons, who cleared two shots off the line to maintain their one-goal lead.
Finally in the 74th minute, the Bison lit up the scoreboard for the first time. Freshman Julie Lindenfelser (South Park, Pa.) netted the equalizer off a double assist from sophomore Cassie Spalding (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) and senior Kortni Collins (Newton Falls, Ohio), which was the first-year forward’s second goal of the year.
The score pushed all the momentum onto the Bison’s side and the hosts would ride it for the go-ahead tally. With 7:51 to play in regulation, a BC corner kick resulted in a loose ball scrum in front of the net, which Spalding eventually gained control and deposited in the back of the net for her third score of the season and second game-winner.
Even with just a one-goal advantage, the Bison were not content to sit on their cushion. They continued to push forward and it resulted in an insurance goal with 3:17 left, as sophomore Hilary Clark (Claysville, Pa./McGuffey) played a ball into the box and freshman Brittany Bizila (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon Area) knocked it home for the final goal of the night.
Securing the win in goal was freshman Brittany Sadler (New Eagle, Pa./Ringgold), who made three saves to earn her third win of the year and help give BC its first 3-1 start to a season since 2002.
Bethany will stay on the turf at Bison Stadium for their next contest, as they take on the College of Wooster (Ohio) in a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday night.