McPherson College’s men’s soccer team is picked No. 2 in the KCAC preseason poll.
The Bulldogs’ alumni scrimmage on Saturday at McPherson Stadium indicated that ranking is probably appropriate.
Even though the alumni had several players who could qualify for an all-time Mac soccer team during Quint’s tenure, the 2016 Bulldogs blazed to a 7-0 victory.
Quint has a number of top players back, including former McPherson High standout Nick Torres, who is an All-KCAC preseason pick along with teammate Tyler Minney. Torres, however, was held out of the scrimmage for precautionary reasons.
Yet Quint had more than enough talent on hand to make up for his absence. He has nearly 40 players, his largest team ever.
“We felt good about our performance today,” Quint said. “It's real early in the season and we still have a long ways to go, but we learned some things today about ourselves.”
The men open their season on Saturday hosting MidAmerica Christian University at 3 p.m. As usual, the Bulldogs will play an ambitious schedule in preparation for the KCAC portion of the season.
Quint’s women’s team held out some players, but nevertheless lit the lamp often in a 7-0 victory to set the tone of the day before the men’s game.
“Even short-handed I thought we had good moments and there were some positive moments,” he said.
Quint doesn’t have the depth on his women’s team that he does the men, but notes his first 14 or 15 players should be able to be competitive with anyone. Health will be a key as the Bulldogs simply can’t afford disabling injuries.
Mac is picked seventh in the KCAC preseason poll. It also opens the season on Saturday with a 12:30 matchup with Mid-America Christian University at McPherson Stadium.