DALLAS, TX —Both McPherson College soccer teams suffered losses on Monday on the road against the University of Houston-Victoria. The Bulldogs played on Saturday in Fort Worth and stayed in the area for Monday's match up with the Jaguars. UHV made the five hour trip up from Victoria, Texas, and the two schools met on a neutral field at Richland College in Dallas.
The women kicked off first at 11:30 a.m., and the game quickly turned into a defensive showcase. There were only 20 total shots in the game, and only seven of those made it on frame. The Jaguars had a few more opportunities at goal than the Bulldogs, and they finally broke through late in the opening half on a long distance strike from outside the 18 yard box. In the second half, it was more of the same, with neither team able to find the back of the net. Christie Silber and Shayna Thompson split time in goal for the Bulldogs. Thompson played the first half and gave up the Jaguar goal while stopping three others. Silber was between the pipes for the final 45 minutes, facing just one shot on goal.
"I love coaching this team," Bulldog Head coach Mark Olson said. "They give everything they have on the field. Today we played against a very organized team that was hard to break down. It was clear that the first few weeks of training have been focused on the defensive side of the ball. As we move to working more on attacking, we will create more opportunities to score."
In the men's game, a veteran Jaguar side put on an offensive clinic against the less experienced Bulldog lineup. The Jaguars consistently pressed the attack, and the result was a 14-4 advantage in total shots, and 6-4 in shots on frame. The Jaguars scored a pair of goals in each half. The first coming twenty minutes into the contest. They added their second goal in the 31-minute mark, and then a third in the opening minute of the second half. Their fourth and final goal came in the 60-minute of action before the Bulldogs finally got on the board on a goal by Guido Battisini. Valentin Bravo got the start in goal again for the Bulldogs. He played all 90 minutes, giving up the four goals to the Jaguars and coming up with one save.
"We played an experienced side today and showed our youth," Bulldogs Head coach Doug Quint said. "They capitalized on some mistakes we made, and that's what good teams do."
The Bulldogs have the rest of the week to prepare for their next match up. Their home opener on Saturday against Doane University. The games will be played at the "Kennel," the Bulldogs' grass field with the women kicking off at 12:30 p.m. and the men at 3 p.m.