Bulldog men kickers sharp in scrimmage

By Steve Sell
August 24, 2017

It was the last tuneup before McPherson College’s men’s soccer team plays for real.

The Bulldogs hosted Allen County Community College on Wednesday and showed some offensive punch and defensive stinginess.

Mac fired off 23 shots in a 4-0 victory while limiting Allen County to just 5.

“Overall I was pleased with what I saw this early in the season,” Quint said. “We knocked the ball around well, dominating possession thus creating some really good chances to score. I was real pleased with how a lot of guys played.”

Goals were scored by Chris Kelly, Diego Loza, Marcus Brasley and Tony Del Valle.

Quint has been concerned in the preseason about his goalie situation as he’s relying on freshmen, but newcomer Jose Alonso set the tone of the night with a key save early.

“Jose Alonso was called upon less than 2 minutes in to come up with a big save. This was great to see for his confidence moving forward,” Quint said.

There was another freshman who caught his eye.

“Freshman Marcus Brasley played some fantastic minutes. He did well holding the ball and scored a nice goal for us right out of halftime,” Quint said. “He just has so much potential and continues to grow every day.”

The Bulldogs are home at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Kennel (the field east of the stadium) to take on eighth-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene, the first in what is a tough stretch of non-conference games to open the season. In fact, Quint said he perhaps overscheduled as there are no breathers. However, he is of the belief that playing the best teams will prepare the Bulldogs for the rigors of the tough KCAC.

“We will have a huge test on our hands and look forward to the challenge,” Quint said. “Our non-conference is really going to allow us to see who we are against national level competition. Win or lose, we will be better for it.”