Mac women hand Ottawa first KCAC loss

By Steve Sell
October 20, 2016

OTTAWA — It was one of the biggest wins in recent memory for the McPherson College women’s soccer team.

The Bulldogs went on the road Wednesday to deal Ottawa a 2-1 setback. The Braves had entered the game receiving votes in the national poll this week and were undefeated in the KCAC as they were 6-0.

Mac is now 4-3 in the KCAC and 8-4 overall.

Bulldog goalie Sheryl Evans had a tremendous game after giving up a goal just 33 seconds in by Caroline Jenkins. From there, despite being under siege, Evans kept the high-scoring Braves off the board and was credited with nine saves.

Dina Der Vartanian tied the game for the Bulldogs after an assist by Emma Van Donselaar.

The winner came in the second half as Ana Guerrero scored an unassisted goal.

“I'm so happy for our program," Mac coach Doug Quint said. "The ladies had to overcome adversity tonight arriving late as there was a major traffic delay due to a wreck, then conceding a goal about 30 seconds in on the road to the league leaders. You could see us calm down all of a sudden and that's when you could see the confidence grow." 

The Bulldogs are home Saturday to take on Southwestern.

• MAC MEN 2, OTTAWA 1 — The Bulldogs handed the Braves only their second KCAC loss in improving to 4-3 in the conference and 9-4-1 overall.

David Mwinga broke a 1-all tie in the game’s 66th minute. Trent Keller had scored the first Bulldog goal, off an assist by Jesus Pescador, which had wiped out Ottawa’s 1-0 lead.

“Very pleased with our result,” Quint said. “Ottawa is very good defensively and tough to break down. This was a good road win for us. It was a very physical match and we stepped up to the challenge.”

The Bulldogs host Southwestern on Saturday. The Builders have not won a conference game this year.