The Berean Academy players jumped around, hugged and cheered when the clock ran out on their 2-1 win over Trinity Academy on Thursday, and for good cause.
“We tied with them the second game of the year, and we haven’t beaten them in a number of years,” Berean coach Russ Busenitz said. “It’s something we don’t talk about. But (Berean’s players) remember even without us having to bring it up. So it was exciting for them.”
Trinity (6-2-1) hadn’t played since Sept. 21.
“It’s a good wake up call for us,” Trinity coach Tom Nykamp said. “We kind of had a swagger like we don’t need to work and they came to work. That’s soccer. You can outshoot a team all you want and you still can lose.”
Berean (7-1-2) goalie Karlin Wiebe finished with 15 saves, including 10 in the second half. He said he was prepared to hold down the fort in the second half.
“We knew they would be coming hard in the second half,” Wiebe said. “We just had to keep up the intensity and keep them from scoring.”
Berean forward Scott Silknitter scored on a unassisted goal with 18:35 left in the first half with a kick from outside the box, giving Berean a 2-1 lead.
“I think that we just put it together in the first half because we knew we just couldn’t sit back there and play hard defense,” Silknitter said.”We put our offense together and worked as a team.”
Berean 2 0 — 2
Wichita Trinity 1 0 — 1
First half— Berean, Rust (unassisted); Silknitter (unassisted). Trinity, Billings (penalty kick). Shots—Berean 4-3—7; Trinity 10-11—21. Saves—Berean, Wiebe 5-10—15. Trinity, Walters 2-1—3.