The Lady Spires soccer team beat the Threshers in a KCAC contest on Wednesday.
Pleasant Ridge High School graduate and former Immaculata soccer player Megan Mance scored with seven minutes and 13 seconds remaining in Saint Mary’s game at Bethel College on Wednesday evening, lifting the Spires to a 1-0 conference win over the Threshers.
That scoring play was the second goal of the season for the Spires’ senior defender and gave the Saint Mary women their first conference win of the year. They are now 1-6-1 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and 4-10-2 overall.
Mance’s shot from eight yards out that defeated Bethel may have also spoiled any hopes that the Threshers will qualify for the KCAC Tournament. Only the top six out of the ten teams in the KCAC will qualify, and Bethel fell into eighth place with a conference record of 2-5-1 by losing to Saint Mary.
In order to move up to sixth, Bethel will have to beat Tabor College on Saturday and hope Friends University either beats or ties both Tabor and Sterling College before the end of the regular season. Friends has yet to win a conference game this year, but does have four ties.
Bethel did outshoot Saint Mary on Wednesday at Joe W. Goering Field in North Newton, finishing the game with five total shots to only three for Saint Mary. The Spires stayed in the game, though, despite not registering a single shot in the first half, as junior goalkeeper Lyndsey Baxter made three saves in the before halftime.
Baxter was replaced in the second half by 2008 Immaculata graduate Amy Theis, who kept the shutout intact. She only had to make one save, however, with a stingy Saint Mary defense that forced the Threshers into five offside calls and allowed only two corner kicks for the entire match.
Even with the win, the Spires have been eliminated from a berth in the KCAC Tournament. The winner of that tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA Tournament. Only four at-large bids will be awarded to the NAIA Tournament, so the winner of the KCAC Tournament will likely be the conference’s only representative.
The final game of the season for the Saint Mary women will be on Saturday, when they travel to conference-rival Ottawa University for a 5 p.m. match.