BC men conquer Thiel 3-1

By Tim Stried, SID

October 25, 1999



The Bluffton College men's soccer team made a long trip count last Saturday, as they invaded Thiel College, Pennsylvania and brought back a 3-1 victory. BC is now 7-8 overall on the season and was to have played at Taylor/Ft. Wayne on Tuesday and will be at Hanover Saturday in the final Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest of the 1999 season. The HCAC tournament is set for the first week of November, with opponents and locations not yet announced.

Bluffton took a 2-0 first half lead over the Tomcats on Saturday as sophomore Lucas Archer got the scoring started with a goal at the 28:00 mark off an assist from freshman Craig Hughes. Mark Stutzman then added an unassisted goal at the 40:00 mark, his team-leading fourth goal of the season.

Thiel scored quickly to open the second half, but the BC defense tightened up, led by senior goalkeeper Rod Stutzman who had nine saves in the match and now 161 on the season. Hughes added a goal of his own to cap off the scoring at the 79:00 mark off an assist from sophomore Kevin Wittman.

Bluffton fell to Concordia, Mich. earlier in the week 3-0 at home. BC seniors Jonathan Corbin, Eric Hamilton, Ardian Jashari, Aaron Rauber and Rod Stutzman all competed in the last home match of their career. Bluffton's seven wins so far in this season mark the most victories in a season since 1994 when Head Coach Randy Keeler's team went 8-10.