Threshers sliced in soccer game

By Tessa Castor

Staff reporter

Tanner Rodriguez, sophomore defender, works to retrieve the ball for the Builders. Southwestern beat Bethel 3-0. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
Bryson Barrett, senior defender, dribbles down the field during the first half of the Bethel game. The Builders currently have a 6-0 record. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
Fabio Schneider, freshman middle, passes to a teammate. Schneider joins the soccer team from Germany. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
Fabio Schneider, freshman middle, celebrates after a goal. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
Alex Perez, junior midfielder, heads the ball before a Bethel player can get to it. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
Ram Keller, freshman forward, battles a defender during the game against Bethel. Keller scored one of the goals during the game (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
Alex Perez, junior midfielder, races for the ball. The Builders will play again on Saturday at home against the Avila Eagles. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
Tre Thomas, senior forward, heads the ball during the Bethel game. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
Dean Wilson, senior goalkeeper, dives for a ball. Wilson had six saves during the game. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
Alex Perez, junior midfielder, races behind a Bethel player to steal the ball. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
Justin Calicchia, senior middle, celebrates with teammates after scoring one of the three goals during the Bethel soccer game. Calicchia scored twice during the game. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)

The Builder men’s soccer team took on the Bethel Threshers on Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. in Richard L. Jantz Stadium. With a final score of 3-0, the team advances to a 6-2 record. The game was the first KCAC conference win for the Builders.

“I think the guys played very well all around,” said Tre Thomas, senior forward. “We knew it was an important game to win and we took care of business. If we play how we did yesterday the rest of season, we will be a difficult team to stop.”

The first two goals of the game were scored by Justin Calicchia, senior middle, and the third by Ram Keller, freshman forward. Keller’s goal was his ninth of the season, setting a new Southwestern record for goals in a single season. On the defensive side, Dean Wilson, senior goalkeeper, collected six saves throughout the game. This was Wilson’s sixth career shutout, breaking Southwestern’s previous record for career shutouts, as set in 2013.

“I thought the boys showed great character and composure to bounce back from a tough loss against McPherson,” said Wilson, referring to Southwestern’s 2-3 loss against McPherson on Sept. 22. “We showed our clinical side by going 3-0 up by halftime then having the discipline to be defensively solid the entire game.”

The Builders will host the Avila Eagles at Jantz Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 29. There are 10 games remaining in the fall season.

Tessa Castor is a junior majoring in English. You may  email her at tessa.castor@sckans.edu.

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