Winona Lake, Ind. – The Bethel men's soccer team opened up their 2017 Crossroads League season with a road matchup against rival Grace, but neither team was able to dent the scoreboard in a scoreless draw in double overtime. The Pilot drop to 6-2-2 overall and 0-0-1 in the Crossroads League on the season.
The match was not short of action, however, as the Pilots and the Lancers (3-2-4, 0-0-1) combined for 22 shots on goal. Micah Mesward (JR/Colorado Springs, Colo.), making his first start in net for the Pilots this season, made 8 saves on the night, including three in extra time.
Samuel Biek (JR/Hessen, Germany) and Pedro Patino (FR/Los Angeles, Calif.) pressured the Grace defense all night, combining for seven shots, while Zac Schoon (SO/Ludington, Mich.) put three shots on goal, including back-to-back game-winning opportunities with three minutes remaining in the second overtime but was denied each time.
The Pilots return to action on Wednesday, October 4 for their Crossroads League home opener against Goshen and head coach and Bethel soccer alumnus Arron Patrick, for a 7:00 pm kick-off at Morey Field on the campus of Bethel College.
The Pilots compete in 18 intercollegiate sports for men and women. The Bethel College Athletic Department earned the NAIA Champion of Character Five-Star Gold Institution and produced 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams last season. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade.
Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study.
|Bethel (Ind.) ( 6-2-2, 0-0-1 CL)||0||0||0||0||0|
|Grace (Ind.) ( 3-2-4, 0-0-1 CL)||0||0||0||0||0|
|Bethel (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Grace (Ind.)|
|#10 Samuel Biek - 4||Shots||#11 Cody Boerema - 7|
|#31 Micah Mesward - 8||Saves||#1 Kurt Hamlin - 8|
|Bethel (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Grace (Ind.)|
|16 (10)||Shots (on goal)||16 (12)|