Mac, CCC square off Wednesday

By Steve Sell
August 30, 2016

There will be a festive atmosphere Wednesday at McPherson Stadium when McPherson College and Central Christian College renew their intracity soccer rivalry.

The women’s game starts the action at 5:00, with the men’s teams facing off at 7:30. Both student sections figure to turn out in large numbers, which will create playoff-like atmosphere.

Both schools opened their regular seasons on Saturday with sweeps.

The Mac women blanked Mid-America Christian University 3-0, dominating the action from start to finish. For her performance in goal, the Bulldogs’ Sheryl Evans was named the KCAC’s Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Mac coach Doug Quint has upgraded the team’s talent as a sprinkling of transfers has blended in well with the returning players.

His team will have its hands full as Central is coming off a 20-6 season and fourth-place finish in the NCCAA National Tournament. Coach Scott Fogarty is having to replace some key players, but the Tigers dominated Bethel 2-0 in their season opener despite the Threshers packing it in and trying to keep the score close.

The men’s game should be outstanding as well. Mac avenged last year’s 5-0 loss to Mid-America Christian University with a 1-0 win here Saturday on a goal by McPherson High grad Nick Torres. Quint is excited about his team’s prospects as he’s added some talented transfers. The Bulldogs’ defense has been the strong point so far, but this figures to be a good offensive team once it’s firing on all cylinders.

Meanwhile the Tigers were embroiled in a tussle with Bethel, as they watched a pair of leads disappear before coming up with a 3-2 double-overtime victory. Coach Aaron Hoxie has several longtime standouts back in fold and also went out and recruited some newcomers who will make an impact.