Lady Eagles rebound strong with 4-0 romp over Bethel (Kan.)

Rachel Bates (left) and Somer Helms (right) celebrate after Helms scored the first goal Saturday night against Bethel (Kan.).
Rachel Bates (left) and Somer Helms (right) celebrate after Helms scored the first goal Saturday night against Bethel (Kan.).

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 7, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian made sure Saturday night that there were no lingering after-effects of a lopsided loss in the season opener.

Rachel Bates scored two goals and Estefania Bermudez Delgado added a goal and two assists as the Lady Eagles rolled to a 4-0 win over visiting Bethel (Kan.).

OC (1-1) posted its highest goal total since beating Northwestern Oklahoma State 8-3 in the 2011 season finale. The Lady Eagles outshot Bethel 42-3, helping to erase memories of their 6-0 loss to No. 23 Central Oklahoma two days earlier.

“What we told the girls is that we just needed to get back on the field,” OC women’s soccer coach Randall Robison said. “We just needed another opportunity to go back and play the game the way that we’ve played it for the last three weeks.

“We just wanted them back on the field so they could show themselves and convince themselves that they are a good side. We do think that they are. This game couldn’t have come quickly enough for us to get back out here.”

OC dominated Bethel (0-3), an NAIA program, throughout the game. The Threshers only managed one shot on goal as OC controlled possession and continually peppered Bethel goalkeepers with shots. Four OC players – Addie Ryan (8), Somer Helms (7), Bermudez Delgado (7) and Bates (5) – took five or more shots.

Helms put OC on the board in the 12th minute with her first goal since her freshman season in 2010. Bermudez Delgado tapped Helms the ball and she beat Bethel goalkeeper Madison Wiles from about 15 yards out.

Kelsey Taylor took a corner kick in the 35th minute that Wiles failed to corral. The ball squirted to Bermudez Delgado, who scored easily to make it 2-0.

“We’ve said for a while if we can just get the ball to Stef’s feet, we’ll get in,” Robison said. “She proved that tonight. … I think our front four played really well. I think a lot of that started with Stef, the way that she moves the ball and how easy it is for her to move the ball.”

Bates, who had four goals as a freshman in 2011 but didn’t score in 2012, returned to the scoring column in the 56th minute, with Bermudez Delgado again assisting. Bates picked up a second goal in the 68th minute, scoring off a rebound after Bethel goalkeeper Kimberly McLaughlin saved an initial shot by Mackenzii Bieke.

“We wanted Rachel to have success like that as much as we wanted this win tonight,” Robison said. “Rachel is her own toughest critic, so she needs that confidence. We were just as thrilled as she was to see Rachel play like that.”

OC’s starting goalkeeper, Lindsey Williams, faced only two shots and didn’t record a save. Anna Walker replaced Williams in the 62nd minute and saved the only shot that came her way.

Wiles made four saves for Bethel, while McLaughlin had 14.

OC will travel to Wichita, Kan., on Thursday to face Heartland Conference rival Newman in a nonconference game.