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Pilots Secure Season-Opening Shut Out over SXU

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Pilots Secure Season-Opening Shut Out over SXU


CHICAGO – The Bethel University women’s soccer team got on board early in the first half and never looked back on their way to a season-opening 3-0 victory at Saint Xavier University on Wednesday evening. Nicole Fosnough netted a goal in the 11th minute while Sarah Lancaster and Emily Smithberger tallied goals late in the second half to secure the victory.



  • Score: Bethel def. Saint Xavier 3-0
  • Records: Bethel (1-0) | Saint Xavier (0-1)
  • NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – not rated | Saint Xavier – not rated
  • Location:Deaton Field | Saint Xavier University | Chicago, Ill.



  • 11’ | Nicole Fosnough (BU), assisted by Emily Smithberger and Kama Hardy
  • 66’ | Sarah Lancaster (BU), assisted by Kama Hardy and Emily Smithberger
  • 81’ | Emily Smithberger (BU), unassisted



  • The Pilots won their season opener for the second straight season.
  • Emily Smithberger was involved in every score for the Pilots, netting a goal and two assists. Her four points is the most in a season opener by a Pilot since Diana Diaz-Diurych on August 26, 2014 and the most in a Pilot debut since Amber Spencer on August 24, 2007.
  • The Pilots allowed just four shots—one on goal—on the night and outshot the Cougars 15-4, including 10-1 on goal, and held the advantage in corner kicks, 9-1.



  • The Pilots debut at Morey Field on Saturday at 2:00 pm when they welcome Rochester University (Mich.).



  • “Great performance from our women this evening to open up our season. Our preseason matches were really productive leading up to this and our girls did a great job of oving the ball and creating numbers-up situations in the final third. Kama came up really big tonight and Janae and our backs put in some great work to preserve the clean sheet as well.”