Doug Quint wanted to find out in a hurry just how good his McPherson College men’s soccer team is.
Even in defeat, it’s obvious the Bulldogs are pretty good.
Mac put up a fierce battle against 13th-ranked Benedictine here Thursday night before losing a 3-2 verdict.
“We were good enough to win that game tonight," Quint said. "There's a lot of upside to this team, yet we've got a lot of room for improvement. The bottom line is that good teams will capitalize off others' mistakes and I give credit to Benedictine as they did that tonight."
Benedictine scored right before the end of the first half to take a 2-1 lead, the Mac goal coming by Nick Torres. The Ravens scored early in the second half to go up 3-1, but Octavio Villa’s goal with just over 20 minutes left gave the Bulldogs hope, though they could never come up with the equalizer.
The Bulldogs actually outshot the Ravens, 11-10. Aaron Parrott made three saves for Mac.
Mac will try to level its record at 1-1 on Labor Day as it hosts University of Texas-Brownsville at 11 a.m. UT-B, like Mac, received some votes in the preseason national poll, so it should be another quality opponent for the Bulldogs.