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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bulldogs on top of KCAC poll

  • McPherson College will enter the 2014 season on top of the KCAC in men’s soccer, as they were voted first place by the league coaches in the preseason poll released Wednesday.
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  • McPherson College will enter the 2014 season on top of the KCAC in men’s soccer, as they were voted first place by the league coaches in the preseason poll released Wednesday.
    It was a close vote, however, as the league coaches gave the Bulldogs four first-place votes and 72 total, just two ahead of the 2013 KCAC regular season and tournament champion Kansas Wesleyan University. The Coyotes recevied two first-place votes.
    Tabor was third with 67 total and three frist-place votes, followed by Ottawa with 57 and one, respectively.
    “The KCAC is going to be a tight race this year," McPherson coach Doug Quint said. “It's nice to see our conference improving and spending some resources for the sport. I applaud my fellow peers for selecting us to win the conference and for the respect they have shown the program. We have a lot of unproven players and parts at this point. Obviously where we finish at the end of the year is all I care about.”
    Bethany College is ranked sixth with 40 votes.
    The Bulldogs went 10-8 overall in 2013 and 7-2 in the KCAC. They will have a big hole to replace, as two-time NAIA All-American Johnny Nuthall has graduated. Also gone from last year’s squad is goalkeeper Taylor Parrott, Rafael Fuentes and Yosafat Figueroa.
    Quint does have back, though, Oscar Cortez, who was named to the 2014 KCAC preseason team, former McPherson High standout Nick Torres, Kevin Aka and keeper Aaron Parrott. He was also busy on the recruiting trail, as he announced 15 incoming players this past May. that includes 11 transfers and four freshmen.
    The new faces will mean a switch in philosophy for Quint and his coaches.
    “Previously, the history of the team and the history of this program has been very defensive minded, defensive oriented,” Quint said in an interview on www.kcacsports.com. “We have defended and won a lot of ballgames 1-0, 2-1, things like that. This year, our team’s going to be a little bit different. It’s going depend on our offensive output. We’re going to win a lot of games by just out-scoring opponents this year.”
    McPherson, who also received a few votes in the preseason NAIA coache’s poll released Tuesday, will be tested early in their schedule, as they will host NAIA No. 13 Benedictine College Aug. 28. That’s followed by University of Texas at Brownsville, who, like Mac, received votes in the NAIA poll, and No. 19 Midland University Sept. 6.
    The Bulldogs will play their first five games at home before heading on the road to face Westminster College (Utah) on Sept. 9.
    “We’re playing a very tough schedule once again this year to challenge us,” Quint said.
    Page 2 of 2 - KCAC action opens on Oct. 4, as McPherson travels to Bethel College.
    2014 KCAC
    Coaches’ Poll
    1. McPherson College (72-4)
    2. Kansas Wesleyan University (70-2)
    3. Tabor College (67-3)
    4. Ottawa University (57-1)
    5. Friends University (49)
    6. Bethany College (40)
    7. University of Saint Mary (26)
    8. Sterling College (25)
    8. Southwestern College (25)
    10. Bethel College (19)

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