Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 30 October 2012 15:00
The scales tipped in favor of the Tabor men’s soccer team last week as the Bluejays picked up two more conference wins. The women’s team, meanwhile, lost twice.
The men, who now stand at 11-6 overall and 6-2 in the conference, share the No. 2 spot in the KCAC with Ottawa. Meanwhile, the women fell to fifth place with a 4-4 slate in the conference and a 9-8 overall record.
Tabor was scheduled to play at the University of Saint Mary Tuesday to conclude the regular season.
Men—Tabor started the week with a resounding 5-0 shutout of Bethel College Wednesday in North Newton.
The Bluejays earned two goals in the first half courtesy of midfielder Aram Najar, who scored in the 22nd minute, and midfielder Marian Saar, who scored in the 30th minute.
Defender Victor Ortega scored in the 60th minute and senior midfielder David Simmet followed four minutes later off an assist from midfielder Patrick Hauck.
Forward Sergio Torres finished it off with a goal in the 66th minute.
Ben Clark started in the net and recorded one save in 90 minutes.
Tabor kept its momentum with a narrower 3-1 victory over Ottawa at home Saturday for senior night.
Ottawa took a first-half lead with a goal in the ninth minute from Kyler Grimes-Hopkins. But TC midfielder Roberto Escobar scored in the 51st minute off an assist from Giovanni Martinez to tie the game.
Escobar scored again just five minutes later on a Saar assist to give the Bluejays the lead.
Forward Miguel Garvia-Rosas scored in the 82nd minute off an assist from Phillip Wahl to secure the win.
Clark, who received KCAC?Defensive Player of the Week honors, recorded three saves for the Bluejays.
Women—The Bluejays ran into a roadblock last week with two conference losses. They began with a 2-1 loss to Bethel College Wednesday, with all points coming in the first half.
The Threshers scored first when Morgan Whiles found the net in the ninth minute. But Tabor forward Jessica Renzelman tied the game on a goal off an assist by forward Nicole Stevenson in the 14th minute.
Four minutes later, Bethel’s Brooke Banning scored again to secure the victory.
Kalee Cross recorded two saves for the Bluejays.
Tabor suffered a 2-0 loss to conference opponent Ottawa at home Saturday for senior night.
Both Braves goals came from Autumn Surage, who scored in the first minute and 57th minute.
Cross started at goal keeper for Tabor and recorded 11 saves.