Ties all around for Mac, Bethel kickers

By Steve Sell
October 11, 2018

NORTH NEWTON — McPherson College’s soccer teams didn’t win their matchups with Bethel College on Wednesday, but they didn’t lose them, either.

For one of the rare times, both Bulldog games with the Threshers ended up in draws.

• Mac men 2, Bethel 2 — This was a bitter pill for the Bulldogs to swallow as Bethel came in winless on the season, though it did have two ties.

The Bulldogs are now 2-2-2 in the KCAC and 2-6-3 overall as this continues to be a strange season for a team picked to finish second in the conference.

Down 1-0 at the half, the Bulldogs tied the game on a goal by David Mwinga, assisted by Chris Kelly, the all-time assist leader in school history.

Bethel regained the lead in the game’s 58th minute, but Mwinga scored another goal in the 76th minute before the teams played even from there.

What made this game frustrating is how Mac dominated as it had an incredible 28-2 advantage in shots, 15-2 on frame.

“Sometimes the game can be very cruel and tonight was one of those nights,” Mac coach Doug Quint said. “For us to create as many chances as we did and not be more clinical in front of goal is tough to swallow."

Mac heads to Bethany on Saturday for an 8 p.m. matchup with the arch-rival Swedes.

• Mac women 0, Bethel 0 — The Bulldogs are still seeking that first victory of the year, but at least they drew as neither team could score. Bethel had a 22-8 advantage in shots, 11-5 in attempts on frame.

"I'm very proud of our defense as they again played a solid game,” Mac coach Mark Olson said. "Bethel has some very good attacking players and I thought our young defense did well containing them. We limited them to shots from distance which Christie (Silber) had no problem picking up. We need to find some kind of offense as we continued to miss that key player to step up and put the ball in the back of the net. This team continues to take baby steps forward. I just wish they would jump forward to get that win that they continue to work so hard for."

Mac has a 6 p.m. date with Bethany on Saturday in Lindsborg.