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  • Bulldogs kickers spilt weekend action with Ottawa

  • The McPherson College soccer teams split a home doubleheader with Ottawa Saturday, with the men winning 5-1, while the women fell 3-0.
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  • The McPherson College soccer teams split a home doubleheader with Ottawa Saturday, with the men winning 5-1, while the women fell 3-0.
    It took the men a few minutes to get going but once they did, they produced goals in a hurry.
    The 5-1 rout over the Braves moves Mac to 5-6 overall and 2-1, sitting third, in the KCAC.
    "We had a nice effort today coming off short rest," McPherson coach Doug Quint said. "We played McPherson Soccer today and it was a lot of fun to watch. Ottawa has a very organized side and we broke them down well and created a lot of chances in the run of play. It was a very strong response after our poor performance in Salina on Wednesday."
    It took 29 minutes for MC to put their first goal past the OU keeper but it was a beauty, coming from Johnny Nuthall off a Nick Torres assist.
    Unfortunately, not even one minute later, the Braves were awarded a free kick in dangerous territory.
    On a very questionable start whistle by the center official, OU slid one past Mac keeper Taylor Parrott to tie things up at one goal apiece.
    McPherson was determined to take the momentum back and did so with back-to-back goals less than two minutes after their conceded goal.
    Octavio Villa got his first score of the season courtesy of Rafael Fuentes. The second goal for MC was Nuthall's second as he popped in a rebound off Kevin Aka.
    McPherson continued to knock at the door but couldn't get another past Ottawa, going into halftime up 3-1.
    On the first offensive play in the second period for Mac, Nuthall passed an amazing cross in for Villa who, on a diving header, put it in the upper-90 for his second goal of the day.
    Villa returned the favor 20 minutes later, slotting one to Nuthall who completed his hat trick, giving McPherson a very comfortable 5-1 advantage.
    McPherson coasted the rest of the way, playing reserves for the final few.
    Nuthall had an unbelievable day for the Bulldogs, recording three goals on his six shots, five of which were on frame. He also had his one assist for seven total points.
    His performance was enough to earn Nuthall his second KCAC Offensive Player of the week honor.
    On the season, he leads the Bulldogs in goals with 10, putting him at 28th in the NAIA. He has taken 46 shots, with 23 being on goal.
    In conference play, Nuthall is first in points with 12.0, first in goals with five, tied for second in assists with two, and is first in shots per game with 4.67.
    Villa had a career game for Mac, logging two goals on four shots with an assist as well. MC took 21 total shots at goal finding the keeper on five and the net on five.
    Page 2 of 2 - Parrott gave up just the one goal in his 90 minutes of action. He tallied five saves in his fourth win of the season.
    The women's soccer team appeared out of sync as the Lady Braves defeated MC 3-0.
    Mac is now 2-8-1, 1-2 in the conference which is tied for sixth.
    "We continue to beat ourselves game after game and today was just another example," Mac coach Robert Talley said. "We came out extremely lethargic and sloppy the first half and by doing so managed to give up yet another own goal. The second half we woke up a bit and started applying pressure but it was too little too late. Giving up a goal after a poor clearance from a corner kick and then giving up our second own goal of the game deflated any kind of energy we had left."
    The Lady 'Dogs struggled to find any offense in the opening period. Ottawa took one down and scored in the 12th minute to go up 1-0.
    McPherson's Cydney Lewis subbed in just under 15 minute into the half and made her presence known quickly as she was the lone Bulldog to test OU's keeper, putting a shot on frame in the 24th minute.
    The Lady Braves took their 1-0 lead into halftime.
    McPherson began the second period with a bit more energy, taking a couple early shots, with none making it on target. Nearly 50 minutes went by, due to an upped Bulldog defense, before Ottawa found the net for a second time. But only six minutes passed between OU's second and third goal, which was an own goal by Mac.
    Ottawa would hold off the Bulldogs for the rest of the contest, coming out with a 3-0 victory.
    Four different McPherson players took the team's four shot attempts on Saturday and three of them found the goalie's gloves.
    MC's keeper, Caitlyn Blagrave recorded five saves and three goals allowed in the loss.
    "We need to do a lot of soul searching right now within our team,” Talley said. “We explained to them after this dismal performance that the conference season isn't over and that they're still in the running. So far, there have been some strange outcomes and I predict more upsets in the conference will be happening soon."
    McPherson's next contest will be in Wichita, when they take on the Friends University this evening. The women kick off at 6 p.m., with the men to follow at 8:30 p.m.
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