Nick Torres was a goal-scoring wizard during his McPherson High soccer playing days, including a school-record 38 his senior season.
Not much has changed now that he’s a McPherson College Bulldog.
In a game the Bulldogs had to have — and one they entered short-handed with some players not available — Torres put the Bulldogs on his back with a hat trick to spark Mac to a 5-2 victory over Friends here Wednesday.
The Bulldogs remain in the KCAC title hunt with a 3-0-1 record.
“What a great win for us," McPherson College coach Doug Quint said. "We had our backs against the wall today with a lot of guys having to sit for various reasons. It opened up the opportunity for guys to step up and they did that. Friends was better than us in many aspects today expect in finishing. We were absolutely clinical in front of the goal. My hat's off to our guys for finding a way to win.”
The Bulldogs had to overcome an early 1-0 deficit to a Friends team that always gives them a tough battle. The Falcons actually had a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal, but the Bulldogs did a great job of finishing.
Mac led 2-1 at the half on goals by Oscar Cortez and Kevin Ndongo. After Friends tied the game at 2, it was all Torres as he scored in the 55th, 76th and 87th minutes of the game. Cortez and Octavio Villa were credited with assists.
Mac is now 7-3-2 overall. It will be homecoming for the Bulldogs on Saturday as they’ll entertain Saint Mary at 2 p.m.
• Friends women 2, Mac 1 — The Bulldogs couldn’t capitalize on one of the quickest goals in school history as Friends shook off the early tally for the win.
Morgan Anderson scored just 23 seconds into the game for the Bulldogs after a nice feed from Kayla Faust, but Mac came up empty the final 89:37.
Friends came back with a pair of quick goals before neither team did much the rest of the way.
Tori Verdieck recorded six saves in goal for the Bulldogs.
Mac, 1-3 in the KCAC and 3-9-1 overall, hosts Saint Mary at 11:30 a.m. Saturday as part of homecoming.