2-2 soccer teams off to good start

By Tim Stried, SID

 

Carrying identical 2-2 records into this week's competition, the BC men's and women's soccer teams are proving that they will be contenders this season in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. With HCAC competition quickly approaching, the teams are facing tough non-league opponents and improving with each game.

Both teams recorded shutout victories at home last week to up their record to 2-1 before seeing their record slip to the .500 mark with defeats on the road this past weekend at Lake Erie College.

The women's team downed Otterbein College last Tuesday 1-0. With the halftime score knotted at 0-0, BC came out in the second half and held down the Cardinals while freshman Kristen Washington (Ft. Wayne, IN/Leo) provided the winning goal at the 79:00 mark. Freshman goalkeeper Anna Steiner (Bluffton) had 16 saves in the match for the Beavers.

A day later the men's team turned a similar trick on Rochester College, taking the match by a 2-0 score. Sophomore Genti Basha (Orrville/Central Christian) got the scoring started for BC in the first half on an assist from sophomore Brian Rex (Harrod/Allen East). Freshman Andrew Hornblower (Three River, MI/Howarrdsville Christian) then sealed the victory for the Beavers with a goal at the 64:51 mark on an assist from freshman Craig Hughes (Grafton/Midview). Senior goalkeeper Rod Stutzman (Berlin/Hiland) saved nine shots for BC to preserve the shutout.

Both teams suffered losses this past weekend at Lake Erie College, the women falling 3-1 while the men were downed by a 2-1 score. For the women, senior DeAnna Anderson (Bluffton/Cory-Rawson) made a nifty unassisted goal for BC, while sophomore Mark Stutzman (Wooster) scored the men's goal off an assist from freshman Matt Plank (Goshen, IN/Bethany Christian). Lake Erie scored in the final five minutes of the men's game to steal the victory.

Men's head coach Randy Keeler noted a close BC-to-opponent goal ratio and said that with experience his team will only get better. "We're still trying to get the right combination figured out," said the seventh year head coach, noting that six freshman are currently in the starting lineup for the Beavers. "The defense is pulling together fairly well," he continued. "We are getting people in the right position they need to be in."

The women's team is also playing with a lot of confidence. "Our team is strong this year," said senior Chris Harney (Medina). "We are looking forward to getting started in the HCAC to show people what we are all about."

The men's team was to have hosted Hillsdale College on Tuesday and will host Capital University on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The women were scheduled to take on Thomas More College on Wednesday and will journey to Hanover College on Saturday for their first HCAC game of the season.