Even though conference newcomer Oklahoma Wesleyan is now considered the KCAC’s best men’s soccer team, there’s still nothing like the McPherson College-Kansas Wesleyan rivalry, which in the past for the most part has determined the KCAC champion.
The Coyotes put themselves in position to challenge Oklahoma Wesleyan for the top spot with a tense 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs on the Mac pitch here Saturday afternoon in the conference opener.
"That was a heavyweight match," McPherson coach Doug Quint said. "Possession was pretty dead even. They broke us down to earn their goal and it was a nice goal. They got in once and they scored. When we got in, we didn't. It's that simple. Their keeper came up big on some saves to keep them in front. We got better today and when we get healthy, we're going to make a run."
Jason Goicochea’s goal 18 minutes into the game turned out to be the decider. Mac had a 14-13 advantage in shots and both goalies came up with five saves.
Mac is now 3-6 overall and hosts Tabor on Wednesday.
• KW women 3, Mac 0 — The Bulldogs lost their third straight game as well as the opener to their conference schedule.
“Props to Kansas Wesleyan for breaking us down for three legitimate goals," Quint said. "Tonight we got from our back to the start of our attacking third in possession cleanly and actually completed more passes in possession than they did but couldn't create any chances for us to score."
All the KW goals came in the first half.
The loss evened Mac’s record at 4-4 and it hosts Tabor on Wednesday.