McPherson College’s women’s soccer team snapped a three-game losing streak here Wednesday as it erupted in the second half for a 3-1 victory over Tabor.
The Bulldogs were down 1-0 at the half, but caught fire to even their KCAC record at 1-1 and push their overall mark past the .500 mark at 5-4.
“I was real pleased with how we played tonight," McPherson coach Doug Quint said. "It's always so satisfying to see players rewarded for all their hard work. (Kayla) Burke finally got on the end of a corner to score her first goal of the year. Bree's (Petty) free kick was one of the best free-kicks I've seen in the women's game. Then to top it off with a first-time finish in the run of play by KJ (Kayla Faust), that is something we work on in training every day and boy did she put a smile on my face. It was fantastic."
Burke’s goal was assisted by Petty, while Amy Stockton assisted Faust’s goal. Petty’s goal was unassisted.
Mac had a 15-5 advantage in shots and Sheryl Evans picked up the win in goal, having to turn back only two shots.
The Bulldogs go to Sterling on Saturday.
• Mac men 4, Tabor 3 — Maybe now the Bulldogs will get on a roll.
After starting their season 3-6 overall and 0-1 in the KCAC, the Bulldogs won a wild shootout from the Bluejays to get back on track.
“Offensively that was some of our best soccer of the year," Quint said. "We had good movement and had some hungry players in the attacking third. It was so nice to see. Nick (Torres) and Chris (Kelly) were fantastic today. Nick is really starting to hone in and perform at the level we know he's capable of. Chris has been Mr. Consistent and he's finally starting to express himself a little bit on the ball. I also felt Morgan (Quintana) played one of his better games of the year."
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead, as Kelly scored a goal and assisted on another by Jesus Pescador. After Tabor pulled within 2-1, Mac went ahead 3-1 on a Torres goal, with another assist by Kelly.
Again, Tabor retaliated, but Torres came up with his second goal before the Bluejays picked up a late tally to make things interesting.
The Bulldogs are on the road Saturday to Sterling