BARTLESVILLE, Okla.— The McPherson College men's soccer team dropped a 5-1 decision on the road to nationally ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Tuesday evening.
The Bulldogs trailed 4-1 at halftime with their lone goal coming in the 24th minute off the foot of Antoine Detavernier, assisted by Marcus Fernandes. That was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs as the rest of the action came from the home team.
The total shot and shots on goal were nearly even with the Eagles holding a slight edge, 13-11 in total shots, and an 8-6 edge in shots on frame, but it was the Eagles who made the most of their opportunities.
The Bulldog defense, which has been a bit suspicious down the stretch, surrendered a goal to the Eagles less than a minute into the contest, and that set the tone for the rest of the match. OKWU added a second goal in the sixth minute before the Bulldogs cut the lead in half at the 24-minute mark. They tacked on two more before time ran out in the first half.
In the second half the Bulldog defense shored things up, giving up just one more goal to the Eagles in the final 45 minutes. Valentin Bravo got the start-in goal for the Bulldogs. He faced eight shots on goal, and stopped three of them.
The loss drops the Mac men to 9-8 overall (7-5 in KCAC) and places them fifth in the conference standings at the end of regular season. Next up is the KCAC quarterfinals, where the Bulldogs will be the fifth seed. They will go on the road to face the York College, a team that defeated the Bulldogs, 3-1 just five weeks ago down in Wichita. Kickoff on Saturday is slated for 1 p.m.