Heart-breaker for MC women kickers

By Steve Sell
November 05, 2016

SALINA — It would have been an upset of epic proportions.

McPherson College’s women’s soccer team, the No. 7 seed, went toe-to-toe with No. 2 seed Kansas Wesleyan on Friday in the quarterfinals of the KCAC Postseason Tournament.

Neither team scored in regulation or through the overtime periods. It came down to penalty kicks.

The Coyotes converted 4 and the Bulldogs 3 as KW survived to improve its record to 15-1-3 while the Bulldogs go home with a 10-6-1 record and the satisfaction of playing a national power to a standstill. 

Rhea Vale, Lacy Fry and Heather Diamond all converted for Mac. 

“In the first half we played possibly our best half of soccer all season,” Mac coach Doug Quint said. "We were able to execute our game plan to perfection and it was unfortunate that we weren't leading at the half. I'm proud of this team and what they accomplished this season. Although we did not advance, this game is indicative of the mark our seniors have left on the program."

The Bulldogs, led by goalie Sheryl Evans, set a new program mark for fewest goals allowed in a season with 15, bettering the mark of 16 set in 2009. They also posted eight shutouts this season, good for a tie for third place on the program's all-time list with the 2010 and 2011 squads. The team's 29 goals this season are tied for fifth place in program history.