The Berean Academy boys’ soccer team moved into the Class 4-1A South Central Region 3 final at home with a 4-0 semifinal win over Wichita Independent in Elbing Tuesday.


 

 


The Berean Academy boys’ soccer team moved into the Class 4-1A South Central Region 3 final at home with a 4-0 semifinal win over Wichita Independent in Elbing Tuesday.

The Warriors (11-5-1) scored two goals in a span of less than four minutes in the first half and led 2-0 at the intermission. Broxton Busenitz scored the first goal off a crossing pass into the penalty area by Lonnie Penner. Zac Wiebe scored soon after on a volley kick, assisted by Blaine Busenitz.

Berean would put the game away with two more goals in the second half. Luke Friesen scored at the end of a wild scramble in front of the goalkeeper, assisted by Cameron Rust. Broxton Busenitz scored his second goal of the game later, tipping the ball past the keeper after a corner kick by Caleb Veer.

“We didn’t exactly play our best game today,” said Berean head coach Russ Busenitz. “We played well enough to win. We haven’t had home-field advantage in the playoffs for a few years, so we wanted to make the best of it. We’ll have to play smarter and more solid to keep advancing.”

Berean outshot Independent, 14-5. Berean goalie Karlin Wiebe made two saves, including one on a penalty kick late in the first half.

Berean will host Andover Thursday in the Regional final, starting at 4 p.m. The Trojans (7-9-1) won their semifinal game Tuesday at Thomas More Prep, 4-0.