Late offensive surge lifts Beta past Lions in 3-0 shutout

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Late offensive surge lifts Beta past Lions in 3-0 shutout

Omega’s Andy McKnight fights Beta’s Caleb Franco for a loose ball during Saturday’s matchup. Photo: Emma Klak

The Beta Gamma Patriots rode a second-half offensive surge home Saturday to gain a third win and improve their record to 3-0.

Impressive goalkeeping and blown shots kept the game scoreless for the first half. Omega’s Michael Rogers made a diving save early in the first for the Lions, and Joseph Wooster countered for Beta with an aggressive play on a loose ball that almost ended up in the back of the net.

Caleb Franco put a direct kick on goal for Beta at the eight-minute mark, but Rogers continued his exceptional play and made a great save, keeping the score 0-0.

Both Omega and Beta had scoring chances to close out the first half, as Omega nearly had a breakaway down the middle from a punt, and a baseline cross from Franco barely passed over Will Edwards’ head inside the six-yard line for Beta.

Beta’s first goal came at the start of the second half off a penalty kick to the keeper’s right. Rogers kept the Lions in the game with another diving save several minutes later, but Omega couldn’t even the score as they sent their next open shot sailing over the goal and later missed a one-on-one opportunity denied by Beta keeper Joseph Wooster.

Beta closed the door midway through the half when Ben Van Holstyn sent a perfect ball down the right side of the field to set up an easy goal for Franco. Junior Eric Dickinson tacked on another goal in the closing minutes to make the final score 3-0.