BC men's soccer pulls off thriller over Capital

By Tim Stried, SID

September 20, 1999


The Bluffton News

The Witmarsum


The BC men's soccer team capped off an exciting game last Saturday with an even more exciting finish to take a 2-1 overtime victory over Capital University in the Sears Athletic Complex. Evening their record at 3-3 the Beavers came back from a 1-0 deficit to score two answered goals to take the win, with the second of those two goals arriving in the 97th minute.

Capital got the scoring started after 42:34 had gone by, but Bluffton answered with a goal by freshman Larry White (Ashland) off an assist from freshman David Lutrell (Xenia/Christian) at the 67:51 mark. The two teams battled it out, literally, until freshman Andrew Hornblower (Three River, MI/Howardsville Christian) ended the game with a goal as he was surrounded by a host of Capital defenders.

"It was intense," said BC sophomore midfielder Mark Stutzman. "It was very physical, but we kept our heads in it." And that they did as Capital tried to rough up the Beavers into making mistakes. BC would not be denied, though, after committing themselves to defend their home field. "Coming off the loss at home [September 14 vs. Hillsdale], we were fired up," continued Stutzman.

The loss to Hillsdale was highlighted by Lutrell's second goal of the season off an assist from freshman Craig Hughes (Grafton/Midview). So far this season three players have scored two goals, that being Hornblower, Luttrell and Mark Stutzman. Senior goalkeeper Rod Stutzman (Berlin/Hiland) has 55 saves in the first six games.

Sharing the recognition for the Beavers are defenders sophomore T.J. Chapman (Lima/Temple Christian), freshman Brian Hess (Eaton), senior Jonathan Corbin (Wellsboro, PA/New Covenant) and freshman Andy Pierce (Cincinnati/New Richmond). Also in the starting lineup for the Beavers is freshman Marshall Amor (Fremont Ross) and freshman Lucas Archer (Ottawa-Glandorf).

BC was to have played Huntington College at home on Thursday and will host Oberlin College at home on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.