BETHANY, W.Va. – Kaitlin Perch scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Bethany won its first game since returning to varsity status. The Bison won 2-1 against Transylvania (Ky.) on Sunday.
The triumph for head coach Stephanie Bernthal and the Bison was the program’s first since their last varsity season in 1989. Bethany’s final victory before Sunday was a 3-1 triumph over Chatham on Oct. 27, 1989.
Bethany had to come from behind in this game, as the Pioneers (0-4) scored their only goal midway through the first half. Bison goalie Jacqueline Harrison made one save, but the ball was rebounded by Faye Katz, who scored for a 1-0 Transylvania lead with more than 12 minutes left in the first half.
The Pioneers were threatening for much of the first half and posted a 16-6 shot advantage before halftime. Harrison made five saves to keep the deficit at one goal heading into the second half.
The second half opened with Bethany firing off the first three shots. With just under 11 minutes to go in the second half, Bethany struck for the equalizer. Taylor Solomon scored off an assist from Courtney Gill and the game was tied at 1-1. It was the third goal of the season for Solomon and the third point for Gill.
The Bison fended off Transylvania in the closing minutes to send the game to overtime. The Pioneers had three penalty corners in the final five minutes, including two with less than a minute to play. Defense clamped down and didn’t allow Transylvania to get a shot off, which sent the game into extra time.
The Pioneers controlled the tempo in the overtime session, firing off nine shots. Harrison stood tall in net, making four stops to keep the game going. After Transylvania’s shot went wide, Bethany came back in transition. Perch was able to get loose in front of the goal and scored the game winner to push the Bison record to 1-4 for the season.
Harrison had 16 saves. The Bison attack also generated a season-high 16 shots, including 12 on net. Perch led the way with seven, while Solomon fired five and Gill had four.