BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — It appears Oklahoma Wesleyan is the dominant team in KCAC men’s and women’s soccer this year.
McPherson College’s teams went on the road Saturday to take on the Eagles and both came home with three-goal setbacks.
The Oklahoma Wesleyan men, ranked No. 3 in the country, have never lost a KCAC regular-season match in their three years of being in the conference, though Mac defeated them in the KCAC Tournament last year.
The Eagles were pushed by the Bulldogs, down 1-0 at the half, but roared back for a 5-2 victory.
Mac had upset on its mind early as Diego Loza scored off a Kaonnye Opazo assist for a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs held that lead through halftime, but two Eagle goals put them in the lead 2-1. However, Mac tied the game at 2-all on a Chris Kelly goal.
But the Eagles, being pushed this season for one of the rare times, exploded for three goals to win the match.
Mac coach Doug Quint knew his team needed to be near-perfect to win and he was pleased for the most part.
“I was pleased with our fight today," Quint said. "To lead a team like (OKWU) on the road at halftime says a lot about this group. We took their best shot early in the second half and, after conceding the lead, were able to equalize right away. In the end, though, you can't have any lapses against a team that good, and we did late in the game.”
The Bulldogs are now 4-2 in the KCAC and 5-6 overall. They are on the road twice this week, going to Southwestern on Wednesday and Bethany on Saturday.
• OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN WOMEN 3, MAC 0 — The Eagle women are ranked No. 13 in the country and the Bulldogs couldn’t get any offense going.
Christie Silber was great in goal with a whopping 13 saves as she was under siege most of the day.
“Despite another adventure on the bus ride to the game, I thought the girls came out and played very well in the first half," Mac coach Mark Olson said. "We created three very good opportunities that we just were not able to finish. In the second half, we continued to work hard, but, due to a short bench caused by injuries, we just ran out of gas. I am proud of the team's work ethic today as they never gave up and showed a lot of character. This will be beneficial going into the second half of the conference schedule as we still have a lot to play for going forward."
The Eagles had entered the game 10-1-1 overall and 5-0 in the KCAC as they are closing in on a conference title.
Mac is now 2-4 in the KCAC and 5-6 overall. It plays Wednesday at Southwestern and Saturday at Bethany.