STERLING — Just when it appeared McPherson College’s women’s soccer team was going into overtime with Sterling on Saturday, a miracle happened.
With 2 seconds left in the match, Mac’s Rhea Vale headed in a pass from Breelyn Petty to score the deciding goal in a thrilling 2-1 Bulldog victory.
“That was a huge conference win for us against a very talented side," McPherson coach Doug Quint said. "Our ladies really played well in the second half and created some good scoring chances. Bree came up huge again today. Another quality finish on a free-kick to tie the game and then the nice service on the corner for the game-winner. She's had a wonder week. We just continue to work hard and keep getting better every day.”
The Bulldogs were down 1-0 before Petty hit a 2-iron bullet that found the net to deadlock the score.
Mac goalie Sheryl Evans came up big with nine saves.
The victory improved Mac to 2-1 in the KCAC and 6-4 overall as it has won two straight after losing three in a row.
The Bulldogs stay on the road Wednesday when they travel to Wichita to take on Friends.
• Mac men 2, Sterling 0 — The Bulldogs finally appear to be back on track as they improved to 2-1 in the KCAC with their second straight win and are 5-6 overall.
“This was an important three points for us on the road," Quint said. "We had a very clean and consistent performance from everyone today. It was so pleasing to see. We played mistake-free defensively and didn't give away scoring chances. I was really pleased with how we played defensively today. Our entire backline had a solid performance. Offensively we created a lot of quality chances in possession, but just weren't very clinical in front of goal today."
Aaron Parrott was in goal for the first half, with Arthur Lamparter completing the shutout. Goals were by Brayam De La Cruz and Jesus Pescador.
Mac goes to Friends on Wednesday.