BELLEVILLE - After a 5-0 loss to Halifax Friday to kick off its season, the Belleville Mennonite boys soccer team hung with Meadowbrook Christian the entire game Saturday, but the first win of the season remained elusive as the Lions netted a goal with less than five minutes remaining for the 1-0 victory.
"We had a great opportunity to win the game in the first half, but we couldn't do it," Belleville Mennonite coach Brian Renno said, further explaining that his team kept up an aggressive offensive attack throughout the half, but its energy started to wane as the game progressed.
"We did a great job most of the game, but probably the last 15 minutes we ran out of gas," he said.
So, with Belleville Mennonite down a man because of an early red card and the defense on trial time and again as Meadowbrook Christian picked up its attack, the only goal of the game was scored off the foot of Marcus Betzer with 4:34 remaining for the win.
The Thunder (0-2) will continue to search for a win Tuesday when it hosts Harrisburg Academy.
Southern Columbia 2, Midd-West 0
CATAWISSA - The Midd-West girls soccer team had a few chances in its season-opening contest against Southern Columbia on Saturday, but for the most part the Mustangs were simply outplayed as the Tigers handed them a 2-0 loss.
"They were a very physical team. They just probably won 90 percent of the 50/50 balls throughout the game," Midd-West coach Russ Goodling said.
In the non-conference contest, Southern Columbia outshot Midd-West 8-3 and also picked up five corner kicks to the Mustangs' one. Midd-West's Paige Kauffman was busy in the goal, picking up seven saves.
"We didn't play very well at all, and they were just physical and aggressive. Got to give them credit for what they did," Goodling said, explaining that although the Tigers beat his team in both shots and corner kicks, the Mustangs missed opportunities to score on three separate breakaways.
Midd-West (0-1) will travel to East Juniata on Tuesday for another non-conference match.