ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DALE BRUBACHER
The Tabor College men’s soccer team won three matches last week including a 3-1 defeat of Sterling College in Hillsboro Saturday.
The win, according to Bluejay coach Nathan Wilkey, was an “average” performance in a week that saw his Bluejays play both well and poorly.
Tabor blanked York College 3-0 in Hillsboro Thursday and stopped McPherson College 3-1 in McPherson Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Bluejays are 5-2 on the year.
“Against McPherson, we looked terrible,” Wilkey said. “Against York, we looked pretty good. Against Sterling, we looked average. Still, we got three wins.”
Senior forward and midfielder Casey Barton scored two unassisted goals in the Sterling win. David Heim tallied the third on an assist from Joel Phelps. Bluejay goalkeeper Joe Stutzman had five saves.
Barton had a goal and an assist in the York win. Phelps and Michael Zollinger had the other goals. Damon Turkle and Barton dished out assists. Stutzman earned the shutout, making nine saves.
Barton collected all four goals, two of them unassisted, in the easy win over McPherson. Brian Lachman and Turkle assisted on the other goals. For his efforts, Barton was named KCAC men’s soccer offensive player of the week.
Wilkey has some concerns about his team’s ability to push forward and finish its offensive chances. He said the defense was generally sound during the week’s play, particularly noting the play of sophomore stopper Zollinger.
“I’m very happy with the way he’s playing,” Wilkey said. “He’s defending well and getting forward in the attack to help the midfield.”
Tabor faces Southwestern in Winfield Wednesday and travels for a rematch with Sterling Saturday.