The Tabor men’s soccer team will look to improve on last year’s 11-5-2 season behind the leadership provided by 16 returning players, while the Bluejay women aim to get their feet under them after posting a 6-11 record last season.
Grant Brubacher begins his sixth season as head coach.
Men—The Bluejays hope to improve on a quarterfinal stalemate with McPherson College during KCAC postseason last year.
Tabor was picked to finish fifth in this year’s coaches poll, coming in behind Kansas Wesleyan, McPherson, Friends and Ottawa.
The men bring back a not-so-secret weapon in the form of sophomore midfielder Marian Saar of Germany, a first-team All-KCAC selection last season.
Saar led the Bluejays in points and goals last season and was ranked fourth and third, respectively, in the conference.
Joining Saar will be three other honorable-mention all-conference selections. Junior midfielder David Simmet led Tabor with eight assists last season, and junior defender Jeremy Reiswig posted a goal and two points in 2011 as well as helping Tabor to five shutouts.
Also returning is sophomore midfielder Jordan Maska, who was second on the team in points and goals last year, numbers impressive enough to earn him a top-10 ranking in the KCAC. He had two game-winning goals last season.
The Bluejays lost to graduation senior Robert Masson, who led the conference in shots last season.
Women—The KCAC preseason coaches’ poll picked Tabor to come in ninth in the conference this season, based on their struggles last year.
But the Bluejays do return 15 players from last year’s squad, including Second Team All-KCAC player Meagan Beals and Honorable Mention All-KCAC player Jessica Renzelman.
Beals, a junior midfielder/forward, led Tabor in assists with three, adding three goals and nine points on the season to earn her second place on the team.
Renzelman, a sophomore forward, led Tabor in points with 17, goals with eight and shots with 63 last season. She completed her freshman season ranked in the top 10 in the KCAC in six categories.
Both the men’s and women’s teams were scheduled to kick off their seasons Aug. 29 against MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe. They won’t begin conference play until Oct. 3, when they host Sterling College.