Bulldogs blank Swedes to make tourney semifinals

By Steve Sell
November 08, 2015
McPherson College Sports Information

The champs aren’t done yet.

While McPherson College’s men’s soccer team didn’t defend its KCAC regular-season championship this season, it is in position to defend its postseason tournament championship, which would earn it another berth to nationals.

The Bulldogs, the KCAC’s dominant team in 2014 only to fall back some this year, blanked county rival Bethany College 2-0 here Saturday to advance to the KCAC Tournament semifinals, where they’ll play Friends. The semifinals are being played at Topeka’s Hummer Park, with the Bulldogs and Falcons matched at 2 p.m. Oklahoma Wesleyan and Ottawa meet in the other semi. The championship match is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We should have put this game away in the first half," Mac coach Doug Quint said. "Our lack of finishing kept Bethany in the ballgame. To have 22 shots and only put five on frame is definitely something that we will be addressing this week. Defensively we had another solid performance and the guys did what we worked on all week. It was a nice win for us.”

Nick Torres’ header, off a pass from Chris Kelly, was the first Bulldog goal as Mac held a tenuous 1-0 halftime lead.

The insurance came when Omar Perez took a Kelly feed as he scored just before the game ended.

Aaron Parrott was tremendous in goal for Mac to earn the win. The victory improved the Bulldogs to 11-8 as they have won five in a row.