It may have been the KCAC opener for both the McPherson College men’s soccer team and Kansas Wesleyan, but there’s a feeling the conference title may have been decided here Wednesday night.
The Coyotes’ Briant Reyes scored on a penalty kick seven minutes into overtime to give KW a pulsating 3-2 victory over the devastated Bulldogs, who had battled back from a 2-0 halftime deficit.
Johnny Nuthall scored in the 59th minute to draw Mac within 2-1 and five minutes later, Brooks Walsh took a pass from Nik Burkevics to knot the game at 2-all.
Both teams had chances in regulation, but extra soccer was required.
“This loss was a tough one to swallow,” said Mac coach Doug Quint, whose team is now 5-3-1 overall. “We played well tonight, but conceded three set pieces. I don’t remember the last time I coached a game where three penalty kicks were awarded.”
Taylor Parrott came up with seven saves for the Bulldogs. Mac actually had a 22-19 advantage in shots.
KANSAS WESLEYAN WOMEN 3, MAC 0 — Wesleyan moved to 9-1 on the year and 1-0 in the KCAC opener for both teams, while Mac fell to 2-5-2 overall.
Wesleyan led 2-0 at the half, the second goal coming with 25 seconds left that gave the Coyotes momentum the rest of the game.
Molly Whitwell was busy in goal for Mac, coming up with 12 saves. Wesleyan had a whopping 40-4 advantage in shots.
Mac is back in action Saturday at Ottawa University.