Both Mac soccer teams blank arch-rival Bethany

By Steve Sell
October 22, 2017
McPherson College Sports Information-file

LINDSBORG — With the KCAC championship out of the picture, the McPherson College men’s soccer team is doing the next-best thing — trying to finish as high as it can in the KCAC standings for postseason seeding purposes.

The Bulldogs improved to 6-2 in conference play on Saturday with a 3-0 road blanking of Bethany College. Mac has three games left in the regular season.

Edward Gomez, Chris Kelly and Diego Loza scored for Mac. Jared Robbins had an assist on Kelly’s goal.

Mac led 1-0 at the half before scoring twice in the second half, dropping the Swedes to 3-5 in the KCAC and 4-10-1 overall.

“It was a nice three points on the road for us tonight," Mac coach Doug Quint said. "We got the opportunity to play a lot of guys and that is always nice. I thought we had some good moments and did some nice things in possession again tonight. To have two shutout victories on the road this week was certainly nice. This is a fun group to work with and we, as a staff, enjoy every minute of it."

The Bulldogs are home on Wednesday to take on Saint Mary.

• MAC WOMEN 2, BETHANY 0 — Danielle Kakebeen continued her push for All-KCAC honors as she lit the lamp twice in the Bulldogs’ shutout victory.

Mac is now 3-5 in the KCAC and got back to the .500 mark overall at 7-7. Kakebeen scored a goal in each half and the Mac defense made it stand up as it sent Bethany to 3-4-1 in the KCAC, 6-7-1 overall.

Ana Guerrero had an assist.

“I am very proud of tonight's result," Mac coach Mark Olson said. " This was the seniors' first win over Bethany and it was nice to get the shutout. Following our last game, we had two great training sessions and tonight, the players applied what we have been working on. As a coach, you are so proud of your players when they apply in the the game what we spend so much time working on in training. We have a big game Wednesday as we are still working toward making the KCAC playoffs."

Mac hosts Saint Mary as it’s making a late push to slip into postseason play.