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.