Nick Torres and Tyler Minney were McPherson College’s representatives on the All-KCAC preseason men’s soccer team.
The duo showed why here Saturday.
A Minney assist on a Torres goal proved to be the only scoring as the Bulldogs opened their 2016 season with a 1-0 victory over Mid-America Christian, avenging last year’s 5-0 loss at the hands of the Evangels.
Torres’ goal came in the 29th minute after a nice cross from Minney. Torres led the Bulldogs with six shot attempts.
Aaron Parrott spent the first half in goal for Mac, with Arthur Lamparter between the pipes after the break. Both had three saves.
“The first 45 minutes we played really well and could have easily increased our lead,” Mac coach Doug Quint said. “We had a lot of possessions and created nice chances that we just didn’t convert. In the second half our shortened preseason really affected us. We had a lot of really tired legs and MACU really challenged us. I was pleased that our guys were able to play through their fatigue and focused to secure the ‘W’. On another note it was certainly sweet seeing a four-year senior starter from the hometown of McPherson score the first goal of the 2016 campaign.”
• MAC WOMEN 3, MID-AMERICA 0 — Mac scored two opening-half goals and added another in the second half for good measure to open the season in sensational fashion.
“Nice opening win for the ladies,” Quint said. “There were some very nice moments in possession today and definitely a lot of positive things to build upon. Danielle Kakebeen and Ana Guerrero showed today the offensive contributions we expect from them all year. Defensively you’ve got to love opening the year with a shutout.”
Guerrero opened the scoring in the game’s 18th minute and Kakebeen added the second goal off an assist from Bereniz Velazquez later in the first half.
Cydney Lewis, picked to the All-KCAC preseason team, completed the scoring in the second half.
Sheryl Evans, another all KCAC preseason pick, picked up the shutout in goal, turning back all three attempts on goal.
The Mac teams will return to the pitch on Wednesday when they host crosstown counterpart Central Christian College. The women start at 5 p.m., with the men at 7:30.