The Tabor soccer teams met with mixed success this week as they began conference play, hosting Sterling College Wednesday before traveling to Southwestern College Saturday.
With a split, the Blujay men improve to 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while the women also earned a split to give them a 6-5 and 1-1 record.
Tabor is scheduled to play Kansas Wesleyan on the road Thursday before hosting Friends University Saturday to continue conference play.
Men—Tabor fell short in the conference opener versus Sterling College Wednesday, 1-0, with a Warrior goal 10 minutes in giving Sterling the victory.
The Bluejays managed just two shots-on-goal in the match, but out-shot Sterling, 11-9, for the game. Senior Ben Clark started in the net and had two saves.
Tabor rebounded with a conference road win over Southwestern College Saturday, soaring to an 8-0 shutout.
The Bluejays put up six goals in the first half alone, adding two more in the second half.
Pedro Zavagna and Phillip Wahl each had two goals in the game, with Patrick Hauck, Aram Najar, Nathan Lawson and Giovanni Martinez scoring a goal a piece. Marian Saar provided two assists, with Wahl and Zavagna adding one each.
Women—The Tabor women got off to a great start with a 2-1 victory over Sterling College Wednesday at Joel H. Weins Stadium to open KCAC play.
Sophomore Jessica Renzelman scored in both halves to give Tabor a 2-0 lead after 52 minutes of play. In the 74th minute Sterling scored, but they couldn’t pull out the come-back victory.
Junior Kalee Cross recorded seven saves with a start in the net. Tabor was outshot, 17-12, and 9-7 with shots-on-goal in the match.
The Bluejays tripped up against Southwestern College Saturday, however, in a road conference match-up, losing 3-2.
Builder Kaci Hutchinson scored in the 12th minute, but Tabor came right back at near the 13th minute with a goal from Nicole Stevenson, assisted by Molly Dick and Ashtyn Stephens.
But Southwestern went on to score two back-to-back goals near the 60th minute from Joy Reyes, with assists from?Aly Sparkman and Hutchinson.
Dick earned the final score for Tabor in the 82nd minute, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Builder lead.
Amber Mayer got the start in the goal, recording six saves. Southwestern outshot Tabor, 18-12.