OTTAWA—The McPherson College men's soccer team, opened up the KCAC tournament on Saturday evening on the road against the Ottawa University Braves.
Despite defeating the Braves during the regular season, Ottawa was awarded the higher seed (4) over the Bulldogs (5), by virtue of having one more conference win on their resume'. So the Bulldogs made the two-plus hour trip to Ottawa for a rematch with the Braves on their home turf.
Nineteen minutes into the opening half, Chris Kelly got the Bulldogs on the board with a goal that was assisted by Dennis Schorb. The rest of the half was scoreless, and the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead into the halftime intermission.
In the 70th minute of the game, 25 minutes into the second frame, Kelly struck again, this time unassisted on a free kick. It would turn out being a huge goal, as the Braves broke through and got on the scoreboard in the 74th minute. The Braves' goal came on a penalty kick after a foul by the Bulldogs in the penalty box. Thomas Kleywegt, the Bulldog goalkeeper, made a brilliant save on the initial penalty shot, but the ball deflected back into the field of play and the Braves hammered home the rebound, to cut the Bulldog lead in half.
Over the final 15 minutes, there were no shots on goal by either team, and the Bulldogs advanced to the next round of the tournament with a 2-1 victory. Kleywegt, picked up the win for the Bulldogs, having to make just 1 save. The Braves outshot the Bulldogs 13-11, but the Bulldogs had more shots on goal (6-2).
With the win, the Bulldogs move to 8-7-3 on the year, and they advance to the semifinals of the KCAC tournament. The date and time has yet to be determined, but the Bulldogs, they will face the KCAC regular season champs, the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes, who defeated them 3-1 at McPherson Stadium a couple of weeks ago.