Bulldog men kickers eye title tonight

By Steve Sell
November 10, 2017

McPherson College’s men’s soccer team must feel like it’s facing the KCAC All-Stars tonight.

The Bulldogs travel to Bartlesville, Okla., to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan in the KCAC Postseason Tournament championship game, which has a 7 p.m. start at the OKWU Complex.

The Bulldogs are riding a seven-game winning streak as they are 12-6 on the season. Coach Doug Quint purposely played a brutal non-conference schedule to prepare his team for KCAC play. Mac finished 8-2 in the conference and is the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Meanwhile the Eagles are ranked No. 2 in the country and are 18-1-1 overall. When the All-KCAC team was announced earlier this week, the Eagles occupied nine of the 13 positions on the first team, with three others going to Bulldog players Edwin Gomez, Chris Kelly and Erik Espinoza, who was the KCAC Newcomer of the Year.

Six of the Eagles who made first team hail from Serbia, with the other three from Spain, Mexico and Brazil, respectively, as they are a team that has a decided international makeup.

When Mac and Oklahoma Wesleyan met earlier this year, the Bulldogs possessed a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Eagles exploded in the second half to come away with a 5-2 win.

Mac advanced to the title game with a 1-0 overtime win over Tabor, while Oklahoma Wesleyan was pushed by Kansas Wesleyan before finally prevailing, 1-0.

In last year’s KCAC tourney semifinals, the Bulldogs stunned the Eagles 1-0, the only loss they have suffered in their three years in the KCAC. Mac then lost to Friends in the championship game on penalty kicks. However, the Falcons later had to forfeit the game for using an ineligible player, which turned out to cost the Bulldogs a trip to nationals.