County rivals Mac, Bethany split in soccer

By Steve Sell
October 29, 2015

LINDSBORG — Defending KCAC men’s soccer champion McPherson College, which has struggled through much of the season, is finding its form at the right time.

For the second straight game, the Bulldogs picked off a team that was ahead of them in the standings as they clipped county rival Bethany College 1-0 on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs are now 5-3 in the KCAC and tied for fourth place. In addition, after several attempts, they finally reached the .500 mark for the season at 8-8.

There are two games left for the Bulldogs before the KCAC Tournament. The top two finishers receive byes and the Nos. 3 and 4 finishers host first-round games, which is why the Bulldogs want to make the Top 4.

The teams waged a defensive battle before David Nobo headed in a pass from Chris Kelly for the game-winner with just under 7 minutes to go. Bethany fell to 5-4 in the KCAC and also loses the tiebreaker if it should finish in a tie in the final standings with the Bulldogs.

Mac plays at last-place Southwestern on Saturday before hosting Saint Mary on Wednesday.

The Swedes’ final regular-season game is Sunday at Leavenworth.

• Bethany women 1, Mac 0 — The Bulldogs fell to 4-4 in the KCAC as they have dropped three conference games in a row and now reside in fifth place.

Christina Noonan’s goal 8 minutes into the game proved to the the decider as Swedes are now 6-3-1 in the KCAC, 8-6-3 overall. Bethany wraps up regular-season play on Sunday with a road trip to Leavenworth to play Saint Mary.

Mac, 8-7 overall, plays Saturday at Southwestern.