Mac College men dominate KCAC soccer honors

By Steve Sell
November 13, 2014

As expected after earning their first KCAC championship in five years, the McPherson College Bulldogs’ men’s soccer team backed up the truck today to haul off a number of awards, including KCAC Coach of the Year Doug Quint, MVP Oscar Cortez, Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year Alex Ronneburg and Co-Freshman of the Year Tanner Horton.

Danny Calleja joined Ronneburg, Cortez and Horton on the first team. Nick Torres, Kevin Ndongo and Morgan Quintana were tabbed for the second team. Leonel Martinez made the honorable mention list.

Cortez has been a four-year program staple. He started all 17 games this season and scored three times while assisting on eight others, while providing unmatched leadership.

Ronneburg, who is from Germany, totaled a team-high 26 points, scoring nine goals and totaling eight assists. He played in 1,106 minutes at a variety of positions.

Horton started only six games, but posted three shutouts and has a 5-0-1 record.  The freshman has 34 saves on the year and only three goals allowed. His save percentage is a dazzling 91.9.

Calleja played in a team-high 1,513 minutes. He captains the back line, a defense that has allowed 1.12 goals per game and seven came in one match.

Torres, the single-season goal leader at McPherson High who has made a seamless transition to the college game in his two years, is second on the team in points with 21 with nine goals and three assists. 

Ndongo scored six times and assisted on two others. Three of his goals were game winners.

Quintana and Martinez are a part of the strong Bulldog defense.  Each contributed offensively also, scoring two points apiece, Quintana's came from two assists while Martinez scored once.

The Bulldogs scored 30 goals in nine conference games, while allowing only seven. They were 8-0-1, the only blemish a 1-1 tie with Kansas Wesleyan. The team is involved in the KCAC Postseason Tournament today against Friends.