MC women kickers ease by CCC

By Steve Sell
September 11, 2014
Jeremy Nelson, CCC Sports Information

McPherson College’s women’s soccer team completed the sweep of “Rivalry Week” with crosstown counterpart Central Christian College by rolling past the Lady Tigers 4-1 on Wednesday at McPherson Stadium.

Mac already had won contests in volleyball and men’s soccer before the teams took to the pitch.

The Bulldogs took advantage of the Lady Tigers’ total lack of depth to score four first-half goals for a 4-0 lead.

Rhea Vale, Alia Khalidi, Cydney Lewis and Rebekah Gallegos-Romero all drove the ball between the pipes in the first half to allow the Bulldogs to play out the string in the second half with numerous combinations.

“Tonight we played a good game on both sides of the ball," Mac coach Rob Talley said.  "We were able to clear our bench in the second half and give other players some good minutes.  Although there are still some things we need to fine-tune, we're pleased overall with how our team is looking at this point in the season."

Caitlyn Blagrave picked up the win in goal and had to make only two saves. 

Nikki Neal scored CCC’s only goal. 

"Tonight was a tale of two halves for us,” Central coach Scott Fogarty said. “We were disjointed and played without fight in a very disappointing first half. We basically handed them the game from the opening whistle. The second half we at least showed pride and a purpose for being on the field and we ended up 'winning' the second half 1-0."

 Fogarty thought his defense improved despite the score.

 "I am most proud of the way we responded and improved our defense and played as a team, but we cannot afford to throw games away in the opening stanza,” he said. “Nikki Neal scored a fantastic free kick into the upper corner. Haley McMath continues to lead by example with her work rate while I thought Summer Williams had her best performance of the season and saved us a couple of times simply with her positioning and being in the right place."

CCC, now 1-3, hosts Mount Mary at 3 p.m. Friday, while Mac goes to Hastings for a pair of games this weekend, Friday against AIB College of Business, then Hastings on Saturday. Mac is now 2-2-1.