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Result: L 0-1

Men's Soccer vs. Bethel

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 – 4 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Bell Field

Knights dominate, but fall to Bethel

Northfield, Minn. - Carleton dominated the run of play, but a lack of finishing and a late Bethel goal doomed the Knights as they fell to the Royals 1-0.

The Knights (4-7, 2-3 MIAC) showed that they were the better team throughout the match, controlling the vast majority of the possession and creating multiple chances. However, they were unable to finish and Bethel (7-3-1, 2-0-1 MIAC) scored an 84th minute goal after a scramble in the box to steal the victory from Carleton.

Striker Yemi Adegunju (Sr./Winnipeg, Manitoba/Vincent-Massey Collegiate) saw the majority of the Knights' chances, as he found himself alone with the keeper on four occasions, but was uncharacteristically unable to finish any of them. His strike partner Nick Feltz (So./West Des Moines, Iowa/West Des Moines Valley) played brilliantly, setting up Adegunju for all of his chances, and pestering the Bethel defense with his clever playmaking.

The first half saw Carleton control the play throughout, as Adegunju saw three of his chances occur in the half, with his best coming in a confusing sequence just seconds before halftime. Charlie Wood (So./Lake Forest, Ill.) sent a ball over the top to Adegunju, who controlled and flicked the ball over Bethel goalkeeper Eric Berg before volleying a shot that was saved by the hand of a Royals defender, yet the referee ruled that Adegunju handled the ball before the Royals player did, thus keeping the score 0-0 at halftime.

The second half continued with much of the same as the first, as Adegunju had an opportunity all alone with Berg in the 67th minute, but the Royal 'keeper once again was up to the task, doing well to save the ball with his feet. David Watson then saw the Knights' best opportunity of the match in the 82nd minute, as Feltz played a ball through to Watson in the six yard box, but Watson's shot sailed just wide and into the side netting.

Two minutes later Bethel scored the winner, as Maurice Ndjouma won a corner kick on one of Bethel's only attacks of the match, and Reed Thunstrom finished a scramble in the six-yard box after the ensuing corner kick.

The Knights outshot Bethel 19-8, and had a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal.

With the victory, Bethel leapfrogs over Carleton and into fourth place in the MIAC table. Carleton is currently in a three-way tie for fifth place in the MIAC.

Up next for the Knights is a trip to St. Paul, Minn., as Carleton will face Hamline University on Saturday, Oct. 9. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Carleton will then travel to St. Mary's University on Wednesday, Oct. 13 for another 4 p.m. start.