McPherson College’s men’s soccer team took all the suspense out of its match with crosstown rival Central Christian College in the first half on Wednesday at McPherson Stadium.
The Bulldogs unloaded for three goals to take a 3-0 lead into the break and put it on cruise control from there for a 4-0 win as they evened their record at 2-2 with their second straight success.
"We looked good at times today and it was certainly nice to see us finish some of our opportunities," McPherson College coach Doug Quint said.
Nick Torres started the Bulldogs off and running with a goal 15 minutes into the game after a feed by Alex Ronnburg. Ronnburg did it himself less than seven minutes later and Oscar Cortez also lit the lamp before the half was over on an assist from Kevin Ndongo.
Tito Ruiz accounted for the only second-half scoring off a pass from Cortez.
Mac fired off 25 shots to just 11 for CCC, with Ronnburg all over the field with seven attempts. Joshua Taylor, CCC’s early season sensation, had three shot attempts for the Tigers.
Aaron Parrott had four saves in goal for Mac to earn the win, with Tanner Horton playing the second half and turning back two shots.
“Well, that didn't go as I thought it would,” CCC coach Aaron Hoxie said. “First and foremost, I take the blame for that loss because I got the tactics wrong from the very beginning. I had us running around 10 minutes into the match. I have to be better in my preparation."
"That being said, we didn't do the basic things very well,” he said. “Things like passing, trapping and tracking runners were all very poor. My players know that they can be better. We had about 10 to 15 minutes in the second half where I thought we could have made it a two-goal game. But an absolutely idiotic, moronic, senseless, purposeless, and silly red card did us in and killed any chance we had of making this a contest. I feel bad for the guys that had to play 10 on 11 for 30 minutes. They were totally hosed."
The Tigers are now 1-1 and turn around and host Mount Mary College at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Mac’s next action also is against Mount Mary on Saturday at 3 p.m. as the South Dakota team makes a McPherson swing.