From McPherson College Sports Information Department

(CrossDove Writers / www.mcpherson-county-ks.com )



Both McPherson College soccer teams suffered losses on Monday, on the road in Dallas against the University of Houston-Victoria.

The Bulldogs had played Texas Wesleyan University on Saturday and stayed in the area for the Monday matchups. On Saturday the men’s team earned a victory while the women lost.

On Monday, the Lady Bulldogs kicked off first and the game quickly turned into a defensive showcase as there were only 20 total shots in the game, and only seven of those made it on frame. The Jaguars had a few more opportunities at goal than McPherson, and they finally broke through late in the opening half on a long-distance strike from outside the 18-yard box.

In the second half, it was more of the same, with neither team able to find the back of the net. Christie Silber (Jr. Simi Valley), and Shayna Thompson (Fr. North Las Vegas, Nev.) split time in goal for the Lady Bulldogs. Thompson played the first half and gave up the Jaguar goal while stopping three others. Silber was between the pipes for the final 45 minutes, facing just one shot on goal. The loss leaves the Lady Bulldogs at 0-2 for the season.

Lady Bulldog Head Coach Mark Olson was pleased with the way the ladies played all weekend and commented on Monday’s match saying, “I love coaching this team. They give everything they have on the field. Today we played against a very organized team that was hard to break down. It was clear that the first few weeks of training have been focused on the defensive side of the ball. As we move to working more on attacking, we will create more opportunities to score.”

During the Bulldog men’s game, a veteran Jaguar side, put on an offensive clinic against the less experienced Bulldog lineup. The Jaguars consistently pressed the attack, and the result was a 14-4 advantage in total shots, and 6 to 4 in shots on frame. The Jaguars scored a pair of goals in each half, the first coming twenty minutes into the contest. They added their second goal in the 31st minute, and then a third in the opening minute of the second half. Their fourth and final goal came in the 60th minute of action before the Bulldogs finally got on the board on a goal by Guido Battisini (Sr. Pilar, Argentina). Valentin Bravo (Jr. Esparto, Calif.) got the start in goal again for the Bulldogs. He played all 90 minutes, giving up the four goals to the Jaguars and coming up with one save.

Bulldog Head Coach Doug Quint summed up the day succinctly saying, “We played an experienced side today and showed our youth. They capitalized on some mistakes we made, and that’s what good teams do.”

Both McPherson College teams have the rest of the week to prepare for their next match, which will be their home openers on Saturday, September 7 against Doane University at the ‘Kennel’. The Lady Bulldogs will be kicking off at 12:30 p.m. and the Bulldog men will hit the pitch at 3:00 p.m.

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