McPherson College’s men’s soccer team wasn’t going to let Tabor slay another giant.
But the Bluejays certainly made the Bulldogs work for it.
Tabor, which had advanced to the KCAC Postseason Tournament semifinals earlier by stunning No. 3-seed Ottawa, played the No. 2 seed Bulldogs to a 0-0 standoff through 90 minutes Tuesday at McPherson Stadium.
Finally in the 91st minute, Mac’s Navid Istanbullu scored after a deflection off a Bluejay defender, setting off bedlam.
The Bulldogs now travel to Bartlesville, Okla., on Friday to take on No. 2-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan, which also had to survive an upset bid as it outlasted Kansas Wesleyan 1-0 in the other semi.
“The playoffs are about surviving and advancing," Mac coach Doug Quint said. "Tonight, we found a way to do that. Tabor came in and defensively were really organized and made things difficult for us. The staff had them ready to play. We controlled the game with our possession, but really found it difficult to break them down in the final third with all their numbers behind the ball. I really thought we found the game-winner at the end of the regulation, but their keeper made a fantastic save. In the end, we found a way to win and advance to the final."
The Bulldogs now have won seven straight and are 12-6 overall. Oklahoma Wesleyan is 18-1-1. The action Friday begins at 7 p.m. at the OKWU Soccer Complex.