The Tabor men’s soccer team earned its best finish in recent years, finishing runner-up in the KCAC championship tournament with a loss 4-2 to Kansas Wesleyan University on Saturday.
After earning a first-round bye, the Bluejays defeated Ottawa University, 4-1, in the semifinals to advance to the finals.
Tabor finishes its season with a No. 2 standing in the KCAC and a conference record of 7-2. The Bluejays were 13-7 overall.
Graduating seniors include: Derick Burkhard, Ben Clark, Andre Vestfahl, David Simmet, Spencer Nemnich, David Ewert and Sergio Torres.
Kansas Wesleyan, championship—The Coyotes scored just a minute into Kansas Wesleyan’s 4-2 victory over Tabor Saturday in the KCAC Championship to set the tone for the evening.
Six minutes later All-Conference player Marian Saar tied the match with an unassisted goal.
The Coyotes scored in the 51st and 63rd minutes to go ahead by two points as both teams entered the second half.
Saar scored once more off an assist from senior Derick Burkhard to narrow it to one. But Kansas Wesleyan earned a late goal for the two-point win.
Senior Ben Clark started in the net and had three saves as Kansas Wesleyan outshot Tabor, 18-16.
The Bluejays had the advantage on shots-on-goal, however, besting the Coyotes, 8-7.
Ottawa, semifinals—No. 2-seeded Tabor got the early jump on No. 3 seed Ottawa with a goal in the sixth minute of the first half of Wednesday’s 4-1 win in the KCAC?semifinals.
The goal came compliments of the All-Conference dynamic duo, as forward Marian Saar found the net off an assist from forward Phillip Wahl.
Keaton Heather scored in the 40th minute for the Braves to make it a tie going into the half.
But the Bluejays came out blazing in the second period, with Saar scoring an unassisted goal in the 61st minute and Wahl following it up at 72:19 with another goal off a Sergio Torres assist.
Saar made the pass to Torres for the final score and three-point margin of victory.
Ben Clark started in the net for Tabor and recorded two saves in 90 minutes, both in the first half. Tabor out-shot Ottawa, 16-5.