Sadam Ali’s goal in the 88th minute allowed McPherson College’s men’s soccer team to escape with a 4-3 victory over Bethel here Saturday after the Bulldogs had watched a 3-0 halftime lead evaporate.
Ali’s goal came off an assist by Greg Roller, who had two of Mac’s three-first half goals that allowed it to have a comfortable lead.
Diego Laza had the other Mac goal.
But the Threshers, who have turned things around this year under a new coaching staff, scored at 60:33, 71:53 and 87:13.
It was right after that third goal, 18 seconds in fact, that Ali scored his game-winner to improve Mac to 3-1 in the KCAC and 4-5 overall.
The Bulldogs controlled possession for a good part of the game and wound up with a 20-11 advantage in shots, though corner kicks were even at 4-4.
Roller, Loza, Chris Kelly and Jared Robbins were all credited with assists for the Bulldogs.
The loss was Bethel’s first in the KCAC as it’s easily the surprise team of the year in the early going.
The Bulldogs have a huge match coming up at home on Wednesday as Ottawa comes to town. The Braves are also 3-1 in the KCAC and have won three matches in a row.
• MAC WOMEN 2, BETHEL 0 — The Bulldogs evened their KCAC record at 2-2 and are now 5-4 overall as Dina Der Vartanian had a huge game with a goal and assist.
Juliana Munoz scored early on off a Der Vartanian assist. Midway through the second half, Der Vartanian scored off a Lacy Fry assist.
The Bulldogs dominated the game with a 15-3 advantage in shots.
“I was very pleased with the way we started the game today," Mac coach Mark Olson said. "We had more energy and some quality passing from the get-go that led to a nice goal by Juliana. We tried several new things and adapted very well to the changes we made considering we have not had much time to practice. I was very pleased with Dina today as she had her first goal of the year and added an assist."
The Bulldogs have a major test on Wednesday as No. 16-ranked Ottawa comes to town. The Braves are second in the KCAC behind conference leader Oklahoma Wesleyan.