Sophomore forward Mark Adams scored three goals to help the Gustavus men’s soccer team claim a critical 4-3 win over Bethel in Arden Hills on Friday afternoon. The Gusties improve to 7-6-3 overall and 4-3-1 in the MIAC with the win. Adams scored the gamewinner with just six minutes remaining in regulation play (84th minute) with a shot that glanced off the right post and into the net.
Adams gave the Gusties a 1-0 lead with a goal in the eighth minute. Bethel countered with two quick goals to take a 2-1 lead, but then Skylar Schultz tied the score at 2-2 with a goal in the 43rd minute. The score was tied 2-2 at the half.
Adams scored his second goal in the 58th minute to give the Gusties a 3-2 lead, however the Royals struck right back and tied the score at 3-3 with a goal in the 60th minute.
Just as is appeared that Gustavus was heading to its eighth overtime match of the season, Adams scored the game-winner in the 86th minute.
Luke Strom was the winning goalkeeper for Gustavus.
With the win, the Gusties moved into sixth place in the MIAC standings with a mark of 4-3-1 and 13 points. Gustavus, however, is just two points out of second place with two matches remaining. The Gusties will close out their regular season next week by hosting Hamline on Tuesday at 3:30 pm and Augsburg on Saturday at 1:00 pm.