Mac men kickers cruise; women eliminated

By Steve Sell
November 05, 2017
McPherson College Sports Information-file

McPherson College’s men’s soccer team romped to a 5-1 victory over York College on Saturday at McPherson Stadium to advance to the semifinals of the KCAC Postseason Tournament.

The second-seeded Bulldogs will host Tabor at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Bluejays, the No. 6 seed, upset No. 3 Ottawa 1-0 in overtime in their quarterfinal game. The winner of that game will most likely face Oklahoma Wesleyan for the championship as the Eagles have lost only one KCAC game in three years, that coming to McPherson College in last year’s tournament.

"It was a nice win by our men tonight," Mac coach Doug Quint said. “I was a little concerned with the quick turnaround as we played at York just last weekend, but our guys really stayed focused and had some good moments. We are going to enjoy this for a day and get prepared to play Tuesday night."

The Bulldogs are now 11-6 overall as they have won six straight.

Ian Canevari was the man of the hour with two goals and an assist. Also scoring for Mac were Greg Roller, Aaron McCready and Chris Kelly. Sadam Ali, Jared Robbins and Diego Loza all had assists.

Jose Alonso had 4 saves in goal.

• OTTAWA WOMEN 4, MAC 0 — The season came to an end for the Bulldogs, who suffered a shutout loss to the No. 2-seeded Braves.

Mac was held to just a couple of shots, while Ottawa showed its dominance with 21.

Still, Mac coach Mark Olson, whose team finished the year 7-10, was proud how his team battled to the end as the team was short-handed near the end of the season with injuries.

“I am very proud of the team we had on the field tonight,” Olson said. "We had a very short bench and everyone gave it their all."

The Bulldogs will lose four seniors, including offensive mainstays Ana Guerrero and Danielle Kakebeen. Others are Lacy Fry and Rhea Vale.