By Ella Roberts, Sebastian Studier and Aaron Heckmann
September 1: Women’s soccer starts season with victory over Northwestern
The Bethel Women’s soccer team started out the regular season on a high note, completing an impressive 4-1 win over Northwestern on Thursday. Junior defender Kelsey Bergan got the Royals on the board early with a goal in the third minute, striking a shot from the top of the box line, off the crossbar and in. From there on out, the Royals never looked back, providing an onslaught of goals in succession, scoring two more times in the first half and once more immediately after halftime. Freshman forward Malia Beilby, junior midfielder Bella Heckmann, and senior defender Ally Gramstad would all find themselves in the goal column, scoring at 26 minutes, 29 minutes, and 46 minutes, respectively. Junior goalkeeper Izzy Smith played a huge role in the Royals’ success as she saved eight of the nine shots on goal she faced.Northwestern would go on to add a goal at 61 minutes in the second half, but it was too little too late as the Royals cruised to a 4-1 victory, starting out the season with a bang.
September 1: Men’s soccer wins season opener vs. Northwestern
A three-goal first half paced the Bethel University men’s soccer team to a 4-1 season opening victory over Northwestern Thursday afternoon at Ona Orth Athletic Complex. The eagles took the lead 27 minutes into the game with a penalty goal kick. Senior Matthias Caspari responded quickly with a goal from a short corner kick from junior Dhiraj Basnet. Caspari expanded the royals lead 48 seconds into the second half off of a throw-in by senior Zach Caouette. Bethel would go on to secure its lead with two more goals, the first made by senior Isaac Howell once again from a throw-in from Caouette and the second made by Mu Ku Shi assisted by Silas Ihde.
September 10: Football preview vs University of Wisconsin-Platteville
After starting the season at home against Pacific Lutheran University Saturday, Sept. 3, the Royals will be on the road to face University of Wisconsin-Platteville Saturday, Sept. 10. It’s the second time in history these two teams will face off. The first time was last September when the Royals scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, storming to a 28-7 win.