By Josh Brown
BRANDT — After almost 34 complete seasons and 399 wins, No. 400 was destined to be a special one for Bethel boys soccer coach Bob Hamlin.
Thursday’s game did not disappoint.
Senior Micah Mutlu converted on a penalty kick with 5:55 remaining in the game, completing a come-from-behind victory as Bethel defeated Brookville in thrilling fashion 3-2 in a makeup game from earlier this season — Hamlin’s 400th career victory.
“This was a very special win tonight, as the guys would not be denied,” Hamlin said. “They left it all on the field.”
With the win, Bethel improved to 7-4-4 on the season, while Brookville fell to 4-11-1.
Hamlin had been sitting on 399 career victories for two matches — a loss to Miami East on Monday and a tie against Kenton Ridge the previous night.
Aiden Flomerfelt got the Bees on the board first with an unassisted goal, but the Blue Devils answered with back-to-back scores to take a 2-1 lead.
That only seemed to fire Bethel up, though, and Nick Schmidt evened the score at 2-2 on an assist from Mavlud Pazilov. And as the game was winding down, Bethel’s pressure led to a penalty kick opportunity, and Mutlu made good on it to give the Bees the lead for good.
“When we were down, we started moving the ball better than we have in a while,” Hamlin said. “Sometimes after you tie a game, the tendency is to relax, but our boys showed that they wanted this game. It was a great way to finish the regular season and head into the tournament.”
Bethel kicks off the sectional tournament Monday by hosting a first-round game against Carlisle.
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