It just wasn't meant to be for Bulldog soccer as they suffered a 3-0 loss to Tabor College abruptly ending McPherson's season as they are now out of the postseason conference tournament with their semifinal defeat to the Blue Jays.
Mac finishes the year 10-8 with a 7-2 conference record. It was an even but physical first half as both teams made aggressive tackles while trying to gain momentum. The Bulldogs had seven fouls while TC recorded five. After 45 minutes of play and 15 total shots, nine by MC, things were all even at 0-0. The second period brought goals, unfortunately they all went the way of the Jays. The first score came in the 57th minute. Shortly thereafter, one of the Tabor players was asked to leave the field as he received a red card for fouling as the last defender. Things began looking up for MC as they were controlling more possession and pushing forward but a Blue Jay counter-attack quickly swung the tides as TC put another one across the goal line, going ahead 2-0 with 25 minutes to play. Nearly 10 minutes later, another ball crept by Bulldog goalie Taylor Parrott, giving the Blue Jays a considerable advantage with little time remaining. The 'Dogs continued to fight, taking six more shots in the final 10, two of which was saved but couldn't get one in, losing 3-0 after the 90-minute contest. McPherson took 19 shots in the game, placing nine on frame but was unable to find the back of the net. Oscar Cortez recorded a team-high five, putting two on target. Rafael Fuentes took four total shots and put two on goal, as did Johnny Nuthall and Kevin Aka who each had three cracks at the target. Taylor Parrott logged the loss for MC, tallying five saves and the three goals surrendered. Tabor will face Kansas Wesleyan University in the conference championship match this afternoon at 2 p.m. at Topeka’s Hummer Sports Complex.