Bulldog men kickers edged in 2 OTs

By Steve Sell
September 10, 2017
McPherson College Sports Information-file

McPherson College’s men’s soccer team and Columbia College of Missouri played more than 100 minutes without finding the goal on Saturday at The Kennel.

But in the 109th minute — with 54 seconds left in the second overtime — Columbia’s Joey Koetting ended the offensive misery with a goal for a 1-0 victory.

The game was relatively even statistically as Columbia had a 16-12 advantage in shots, with a 5-4 edge in shots on the frame.

“We played a more complete match today against a very good side," Mac coach Doug Quint said. "After having so many chances hit the bar, it certainly was a hard way to lose. I really felt we deserved three points and am proud of the work the guys put in today. As a team, we took another step forward."

Jose Alonso had 4 saves in goal for Mac, a couple of them of the spectacular variety. The Bulldogs had two prime scoring chances earlier in the second overtime, but just failed.

Mac is playing a daunting pre-conference schedule as it consists mainly of teams that are ranked or with the potential to be ranked. The Bulldogs are 1-3 and travel Saturday to play nationally ranked (No. 18) Midland University in Fremont, Neb.