Bulldogs, Swedes split in soccer

By Steve Sell
October 30, 2016
McPherson College Sports Information

There’s nothing better than winning on Senior Day against your arch-rival.

McPherson College’s men played one of their best games of the year here Saturday with a 3-0 blanking of county rival Bethany College.

The Bulldogs are 6-3-1 in the KCAC with one game left to play and are 11-4-2 overall as Doug Quint’s team is producing year another outstanding season. Mac should be able to win its final game here Tuesday as York comes to town and the Panthers have only two KCAC wins on the year.

The loss was crucial for the Swedes as they are now 6-2-2 in the KCAC and have to host 8-1-1 Kansas Wesleyan on Tuesday.

McPherson High product Nick Torres had a huge day as he scored two goals and was one of the 11 seniors to be honored. Reny Benitez had the other Mac goal.

Chris Kelly and David Mwinga had assists for the Bulldogs. Aaron Parrott had a clean sheet in goal.

It was all Bulldogs as they fired away 22 shots to just 10 for Bethany, with 10 of the Mac shots on frame to just two for the Swedes.

• BETHANY WOMEN 2, MAC 1 — Bethany star Sarah Henderson scored with 4:32 left in the game to turn back the upset bid by the Bulldogs.

Bethany is 7-3 in the KCAC with just one game left against powerhouse Kansas Wesleyan. The Swedes are 10-7 overall.

Mac fell to 5-5 in the KCAC and 9-6 overall, but should be able to post a win in its finale here Tuesday against tailender York, which is 0-10 in the KCAC.

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead early on a goal by Rhea Vale, but the Swedes tied it in the 27th minute on a goal by Henderson, a strong candidate for KCAC Player of the Year.

While Bethany had a 20-13 advantage in shots, the Bulldogs place more on frame with a slight 7-6 advantage. Mac had a chance late in the game for the tie, but missed a penalty kick.