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Pilots Shut Out No. 12 William Carey in NAIA Opening Round Win

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Pilots Shut Out No. 12 William Carey in NAIA Opening Round Win

MISHAWAKA – (RV) Bethel Men’s Soccer shut out No. 12 William Carey (Miss.) in the NAIA Opening Round on Thursday to advance to Saturday’s Opening Round championship with a 2-0 victory. Matheus Santiago gave the Pilots an early lead with a goal in the first ten minutes of the match, while Naieem Bean scored his first career goal in the 34th minute to give the Pilots all the cushion they’d need.

MATCH VITALS
• Score: Bethel def. William Carey 2-0
• Records: Bethel (16-4-2) | William Carey (15-4-0)
• NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – RV | William Carey – No. 12
• Location: Voley C. Ashford Stadium | Missouri Valley College | Marshall, Mo.

SCORING SUMMARY
• 10’ | Matheus Santiago (BU, ma-TAY-ose) assisted by Isaac Nunez
• 34’ | Naieem Bean (BU, NYE-eem) assisted by Matheus Santiago

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
• The Pilots were outshot 20-4 but allowed just five shots on target, while William Carey held the advantage in corner kicks 6-1.
• The Pilots recorded their 11th shutout of the season and their third straight of the postseason. Finn Popescu recorded his second shutout on the year and first since a season-opening 1-0 victory over Holy Cross.

THOUGHTS FROM COACH PINTO
• “Excited that the guys put a great performance against a top team at the national stage. Proud of how these guys have overcome adversity this year and continue to show heart. Focus on the next one Saturday.”

NEXT TIME OUT
• The Pilots will face No. 1-seeded and 7th-ranked host Missouri Valley on Saturday at 2:00 pm for the right to advance to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship final site at Decatur, Alabama. The Vikings are the defending national champions and defeated Hastings (Neb.) 2-1 in their tournament opener earlier on Thursday.