Tough losses for Mac College kickers

By Steve Sell
October 09, 2016
McPherson College Sports Information

It was heartbreak hotel for McPherson College’s soccer teams as both lost in the closing moments here Saturday to Friends.

Dalia Fernandez’s goal with 2:58 left in the game gave Friends a 2-1 victory over the McPherson College women, now 1-3 in the KCAC and 5-4 overall.

“Today was the first goal all year we have conceded in the run of play,” Mac coach Doug Quint said. "Once again, though, defending set pieces cost us a game. This is something our ladies must take from the training grounds and implement in the games."

Mac trailed 1-0 before Emma Van Donselaar tied it with 8 minutes left in the game.

Fernandez’s game-winning goal came off a deflection. Sheryl Evans, one of the KCAC’s top goalies, made five saves for the Bulldogs.

Mac goes to Bethel on Wednesday. The Threshers are 0-4 in the KCAC.

• FRIENDS MEN 3, MAC 2, OT — There will be no KCAC championship for the Bulldogs this year.

The perennial KCAC power suffered a punch to the gut when Leonardo Sosa Perez scored the winner in overtime for the Falcons as Mac is now 2-2 in the KCAC and 7-3-1 overall. A one-loss conference record might have earned the Bulldogs some piece of the title, but now they must win out to secure a high playoff seed.

Jesus Pescador and Brayam De La Cruz scored the Bulldogs’ goals. Chris Kelly had two assists.

“We almost won a game playing, by far, our poorest offensive soccer of the year," Quint said. "In addition, we weren't disciplined enough defensively, which gave Friends too many set-piece opportunities. It's tough to win a game when you beat yourself. We need to learn from this and move on." 

The Bulldogs play at Bethel on Wednesday. The Threshers trail the Bulldogs by a game in the KCAC standings at 1-3.