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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Central Christian, Mac College split

  • Central Christian College hosted the McPherson College men’s and women’s soccer teams Wednesday night, with the Tiger women winning their contest and the Mac men taking theirs.
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  • Central Christian College hosted the McPherson College men’s and women’s soccer teams Wednesday night, with the Tiger women winning their contest and the Mac men taking theirs.
    In the women’s game, Central got two big monkeys off of their backs.
    The Tigers defeated the Mac College Bulldogs 3-0 snapping their 7 game losing streak this season. They also got over the hump and beat the Bulldogs for the first time since the 2005 season.
    The Tigers jumped out to an early lead when Krystina Powell knifed through the Bulldog defense and beat the keeper for a 1-0 lead. Things remained 1-0 for the remainder of the half.
    In the second half the Tigers got their second goal when Powell beat the Bulldogs to the endline then played a ball across the six yard box that was deflected in by the Bulldog defense. ‘The Bulldogs nearly cut the lead in half when they were awarded a penalty kick, but Twila Smedley, who played huge all game long, came up with her biggest save of the night, diving to her left and stopping the ball on the goal line.
    The Tigers scored an insurance goal in the 73rd minute of the game when Powell floated a ball from the top right corner of the 18 yard box over the keeper's head. Haley McMath was credited with the assist.
    The Tiger defense, somewhat shaky at times, came up big when they needed to. The rock of the defense was Smedley.
    The Bulldogs were firing shots from all over the field, and time and time again the Tiger keeper was up to the task. She faced 34 total shots, 14 of them on goal, and she stopped them all.
     "Tonight was an outstanding job by the lady tigers,” Tiger coach Neva Morales said. “It was very much a team effort, as we moved together as a unit."
    It was a tale of two halves for the Tiger men's soccer team on Wednesday night.
    The Tigers played a solid first half against the Mac College Bulldogs giving up just one goal to their cross town rival in the 36th minute of the game.
    In the second half, the wheels came off the bus. The Bulldogs scored two goals in the first 5 minutes of the half to take a 3-0 lead.
    The Tigers never recovered, giving up two more goals late in the game to fall 5-0 to the Bulldogs.

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