SALINA — Kansas Wesleyan’s men’s soccer team is probably glad it’s seen the last of the McPherson College Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs have played the KCAC regular-season champions as tough as any team in the conference this year. When they met earlier, Mac had a 2-1 lead when lightning brought a halt to the game and it wasn’t official because 70 minutes had not been played.
In the rematch, Mac again played the Coyotes tough, but lost a 3-1 decision.
On Wednesday in the semifinals of the KCAC Tournament, the Bulldogs were again valiant. After getting down 2-0, Diego Loza scored off a Sadam Ali pass to make it 2-1, but the Coyotes held Mac off the rest of the way for the victory to advance to the finals to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan.
“I am very pleased with how we played tonight," Mac coach Doug Quint said. "Our players executed tactically what we set out to do on both sides of the ball, but sometimes things just don't fall your way and their first goal was a good example of that. That was a good battle between two completely contrasting styles of play. KWU is good at what they do and they came away with the result.”
The Bulldogs have to replace a large senior class.
"I want to thank the seniors for everything they have done for this program,” he said. “What a great group of young men that will be certainly hard to replace."
After an 0-4-2 start to the season, the Bulldogs finished the year 8-8-3 and were 7-3-2 in conference play.