Doug Quint believed that Wednesday’s KCAC men’s soccer showdown between his McPherson College Bulldogs and No. 13-ranked Kansas Wesleyan deserved a conclusion.
After the teams swapped successful penalty kicks, the defenses took over and after 110 minutes, nothing was settled as it was a 1-1 tie in the battle of teams picked 1 (Mac) and 2 (KW) in the preseason.
“It was another great game from the Mac-KW rivalry,” said Quint, whose team has yearly battled the Coyotes for conference supremacy. “Two heavyweights that definitely deserve to see each other again (in the postseason tournament).”
The Bulldogs may have been their own worst enemy, Quint said.
“We continue the aspect of us not being composed in front of frame when given those opportunities,” Quint said. “You’ve got to finish them. Their keeper (Blessing Ngwa) is outstanding. He made some great saves. But I really felt like we deserved the points today.”
The Bulldogs pressured Ngwa into making seven saves, while Mac’s Aaron Parrott made only two as Mac skillfully controlled time of possession.
KW’s Cameron Meeker scored on a penalty kick with just under 2 minutes left in the first half, a call that Quint disputed at the time and again at halftime. The Bulldogs earlier had failed to take advantage of a 5-minute stretch where they had some great chances, including a shot by Alex Ronneburg that hit the post.
The Coyotes returned the favor as Mac’s Brayam De La Cruz took advantage of a KW foul inside the box to drive through a PK early in the second half.
From there, both defenses shined. The Bulldogs had far more chances than the Coyotes in regulation, but the nationally ranked team had the better opportunities in the two overtimes, including one shot that hit the crossbar.
The Bulldogs are 1-0-1 in the conference and 5-3-1 overall. They play Saturday at Ottawa.