SALINA — There’s been no better men’s soccer rivalry in the KCAC over the last decade than McPherson College and Kansas Wesleyan.
Once again the two powerhouses met on Wednesday for the first game of conference play, with this one belonging to the Coyotes 2-0 despite the fact Mac dominated time of possession.
“To go down on the road like that after we spent all week preparing for the long ball defensively is just flat poor,” a disappointed Mac coach Doug Quint said. “We have to be better defensively no matter what our offense isn’t doing. We just can’t seem to knock the lid off the goal. We created 20 shots again in the run of play and had the ball most of the game, but once again came up empty. Credit KW for the defensive work they did tonight.”
Mac had a 20-8 advantage in shots. The Coyotes scored a goal in each half.
Mac is now 4-2-1 overall. The Bulldogs basically have to win out if they’re to have a shot at winning or sharing the KCAC title. They’ll begin that climb on Saturday when they host Sterling at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Kennel.
• KW WOMEN 3, MAC 0 — The tradition-rich Coyotes are again expected to contend for the KCAC championship and they showed why.
“You can’t give a good team goals and that is certainly what we did tonight,” Quint said. “To lose on three-set piece goals and zero in the run of play is tough to swallow. Good teams punish you when you aren’t disciplined in the back. We just need to keep making strides to get better.”
It was 2-0 at the half and KW added an insurance goal in the second half.
The Bulldogs are now 4-2 in what was their KCAC opener while the Coyotes stay undefeated at 6-0-2.
The Bulldogs host Sterling at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the grass field next to the football field.