McPherson College’s men’s soccer team cleared an important hurdle here Wednesday as it surprisingly dominated Ottawa 4-1 at McPherson Stadium after it was thought to be near-even going into the match.
Both teams had entered the showdown 3-1 in the KCAC and knew a loss would probably eliminate them from the conference race, considering how strong Oklahoma Wesleyan is.
The Braves scored just 9:11 into the game, but the rest of the night belonged to Mac.
The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead into the break on goals by Hernan Maldonado and Chris Kelly. Greg Roller had an assist.
Roller then scored a goal himself before Navid Istanbullu, off a Kelly assist, put the finishing touches on Mac’s fifth win overall this season, leveling its record at 5-5.
The Bulldogs were the more efficient team as Ottawa actually had a 14-10 advantage in shots.
“We had a good performance in a lot of areas tonight against a very organized defensive side," Mac coach Doug Quint said. "Ottawa hadn't give up a goal in three games. For us to put four goals on the board says a lot about some of the things we did."
The Bulldogs now ready themselves for Oklahoma Wesleyan as the teams meet Saturday in Bartlesville. The Eagles have never lost a KCAC regular-season match since they’ve joined the conference, but the Bulldogs did upset them last year in the semifinals of the KCAC tournament when Oklahoma Wesleyan was ranked No. 1 in the country.
• OTTAWA WOMEN 6, MAC 1 — It was easy to see why Ottawa is nationally ranked.
The No. 14 Braves blew into town and fired off 22 shots to Mac’s 4 and dominated all phases of the game.
Lacy Fry scored for the Bulldogs, which cut the lead to 2-1 at the time. Brooke Russell had an assist.
Ottawa scored three goals in each half as Mac is now 2-3 in the KCAC, 5-5 overall.
“I give Ottawa a lot of credit tonight as they capitalized on their opportunities and showed why they are national ranked and always toward the top of the conference," Mac coach Mark Olson said. "After going down two goals, I thought we responded well by capitalizing on a corner kick as Lacy Fry scored her first goal of the year, which was great to see. After the game we talked about each player taking situations from their own play and turning them into learning opportunities. I talked about taking these learning opportunities to help benefit them in future games so that as players and a team we continue to grow and head in a positive direction."
The Mac women also play at Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday and the Eagles are strong like the men as they are ranked No. 13 in the country.