NORTH NEWTON— The McPherson College women's soccer team was back on the pitch Wednesday evening, on the road, against the Bethel College Threshers. The Bulldogs entered the game looking for their first win of the season, and while they didn't come home with a win against the Threshers, they did return with a positive result. After 110 minutes of action, the game ended in 0-0 draw.
Despite the tough road they have had thus far this season, the Bulldog defense has continued to improve, game to game, and tonight was no exception. The Mac ladies held tough against a peppering of shots by the Thresher offense. Christie Silber, who was in goal for the Bulldogs, and was named KCAC defensive player of the week for her 19 saves against KWU last week, had another nice day in net for Bulldogs. She faced 11 shots on goal, and saved all of them.
For the Bulldogs, it has been the offense that has struggled this season, and that, in large part, is due to the fact that the majority of their goal scorers are currently injured, or have been injured at some point this season. Against the Threshers they again struggled, once they got the ball from the midfield to the front line, in generating offensive opportunities from the strikers. They managed only eight total shots in the game, and just five of them were on frame.
McPherson head coach, Mark Olson, praised the play of his defense saying, "I'm very proud of our defense as they again played a solid game." He went on to add, "Bethel has some very good attacking players and I thought our young defense did well containing them. We limited them to shots from distance which Christie had no problem picking up." As far as the offense goes, Olson added, "We need to find some kind of offense as we continued to miss that key player to step up and put the ball in the back of the net. This team continues to take baby steps forward. I just wish they would jump forward to get that win that they continue to work so hard for."
With the tie, the Bulldogs are now 0-10-1 on the year, and 0-5-1 in KCAC play. They will get another crack at that illusive first win, on Saturday against the Bethany College Swedes. Kickoff between the Bulldogs and Swedes is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Lindsborg, Kan.