WINFIELD — It was supposed to be a couple of breathers for McPherson College’s soccer teams on Saturday against second-division Southwestern, but both found themselves in a proverbial dogfight.
And no one does a dogfight better than a Bulldog.
Mac’s men struggled to a 1-0 win as they continue to make a late-season surge.
“We played awful tonight, but were fortunate enough to come away with the win," Mac coach Doug Quint said. "Unfortunately, we were hit pretty hard by injuries and will have to recover from that."
McPherson High product Nick Torres scored the game winner 18 minutes into the second half. The Bulldogs totally controlled the action, but couldn’t finish their many opportunities.
Aaron Parrott recorded his sixth shutout in goal.
Mac is now 6-3 in the KCAC and finally moved past the .500 mark overall at 9-8. The Bulldogs are home Tuesday for the final regular-season game against Saint Mary, with the action starting at 7 p.m.
• Mac women 2, Southwestern 1 — The Moundbuilders were halfway home to what would have been a major upset, but the Bulldogs never panicked to pull out the win.
Down 1-0 at the half, the Bulldogs’ Cydney Lewis tied the game at 1 after a pass from Breelyn Petty. It was Petty who later scored the decider as the Bulldogs moved to 5-4 in the KCAC and 9-7 overall.
“We had a great second half," said Quint, whose team had lost three KCAC matches in a row. "We came out and played a lot better today."
Sheryl Evans notched three saves to record yet another victory in goal.
The Bulldogs host Saint Mary at 5 p.m. Tuesday in what is the final regular-season game.