It was a couple of painfully brutal overtime losses for McPherson College’s soccer teams on Thursday when they hosted University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
• USAO women 2, Mac 1, 2 OT — The Drovers came in ranked No. 22 in the country, but the Bulldogs played them to a virtual standstill.
“Even though players and coaches are never happy after a loss, I told the team that I was extremely proud of them for the effort they gave," Mac coach Mark Olson said. "USAO's national ranking is well deserved and we competed with them on a windy day. Our freshman keeper, Christie Silber, was tremendous today. Ana Guerrero's heart and determination was a positive reflection of the team and led to her scoring in her second straight game."
Guerrero’s goal 13 minutes in gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead that they held nearly until the end of regulation. But the Drover finally solved the Mac defense to score in the 83rd minute. After a scoreless first overtime, the Drovers’ Lindsay Daugherty scored in the game’s 104th minute to end it.
USAO had a decided 21-5 advantage on shots, but Silber time and again was a wall in the net, coming up with 9 saves.
Mac is now 3-2 on the year and opens KCAC play on Wednesday playing at Sterling.
• Science and Arts men 2, McPherson 1, OT — This one went only one overtime as Joe Williams scored in the 99th minute to end the game in the Drovers’ favor.
Mac was down 1-0 when the Bulldogs’ Greg Roller scored in the 58th minute off an assist by Herman Maldonado as the Bulldogs are now 1-4, playing mostly ranked or nearly ranked competition.
USAO had more than double the shots of the Bulldogs, 17-8.
Mac begins KCAC play on Wednesday at Sterling.