Marietta Tops Bethany 2-1

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24 hours after falling to Wooster, the Marietta Pioneers came alive in the second half to top the Bethany Bison 2-1.

A second half surge was just what the doctor ordered after Bethany outshot the Pioneers 7-3 in the first half, including a 12th-minute goal from junior Mckenna Junkin, her first on the year.

Junkin took advantage of an excellent through ball and drilled her shot off of the top right corner and into the net. Junkin’s shot was the team’s third of the half.

Marietta goalkeeper Kaitlyn Pearse had a relatively easy day in goal after the Junkin goal; the senior faced only two more shots on net and finished the day with four saves.

The first half finished without incident, but the Pioneers wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard in the second half.

Three minutes after the break, senior Emily Jones dribbled her way into the heart of the Bethany offense and drilled an 18-yard shot into the lower left-hand corner past freshman goalkeeper Cheyann McQuain. The goal was Jones’ second on the year

Six minutes later, senior Mattie Stowell broke the 1-1 tie with her first goal of the season off of a cross from freshman Layne Archer.

Marietta’s offense kept up the pressure after Stowell’s goal, registering three more on-target shots and earning two corner kicks.

The Bison (0-5, 0-0) will have to wait until next Saturday to pick up win number one when they travel to Heidelberg.

With the win, the Pioneers only need one more victory to equal their 2012 win total of three. Blasius’ squad (2-2, 0-0) welcomes Centre College to town next Sunday at 1 p.m.