Mac men kickers lose in tourney finals

By Steve Sell
November 11, 2017

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Same song, second verse.

For the second time this year, Oklahoma Wesleyan’s men’s soccer team handed McPherson College a 5-2 loss, but this time it was far more important as it determined the KCAC Postseason Tournament champion.

The loss ended the season for the 12-7 Bulldogs, who had reeled off seven straight wins heading into the game and finished second in the KCAC regular season. It’s the second straight year they have lost in the tournament finals.

Oklahoma Wesleyan is now 19-1-1 and a strong contender for the national championship as it’s ranked second in the country. The Eagles had nine players selected for the All-KCAC first team, which had 13 members.

The Bulldogs fell behind 2-0, but before the first half was over Ian Canevari scored an unassisted goal to pull them within 2-1 at the break.

Wesleyan went back up two goals, but again Mac had an answer as Chris Kelly tallied in the game’s 56th minute to pull the Bulldogs within 3-2. The Eagles, though, had the answer, then tacked on an insurance goal.

It was all Wesleyan as it took a whopping 26 shots to 4 for the Bulldogs.

Mac coach Doug Quint is going to have to hit the recruiting trail hard as he loses one of the greatest senior classes in school history as eight Bulldogs played their final game, many of them All-KCAC caliber players.