ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DALE BRUBACHER
Scoring 17 goals in three games, the Tabor College women’s soccer team exploded for three wins last week.
The Bluejays defeated Sterling 4-1 in Hillsboro Saturday. Chrissy Previtera opened the scoring for Tabor just three minutes into the game on an assist from Katie Whitcomb.
Sterling answered with the game-tying goal a minute later when a corner kick snuck into the Tabor goal.
Whitcomb put the Bluejays ahead to stay with a goal at the 10-minute mark. Kathleen Stagg assisted on the Whitcomb score before tallying on a goal of her own in the 35th minute. Becca Toews was credited with the assist.
Toews collected the game’s final goal and the only one in the second half on an assist from Whitcomb.
Tabor amassed 33 shots at the Warrior goal. Sterling shot seven times and only once in the second half. Bluejay goalkeeper Christy Wehrman had seven saves.
“We’re learning to balance possession soccer with attacking soccer,” said Tabor coach Don Brubacher. “Early in the season we basically played for possession and we were not attacking. We’re doing a better job now of maintaining possession and looking to attack with that possession.”
Tabor defeated Central College of McPherson 3-1 on Thursday in McPherson. After a scoreless first half, Whitcomb put Tabor ahead on an assist from Melanie Kurtz in the 50th minute. Three minutes later Whitcomb returned the favor for a Kurtz goal that put the Bluejays up 2-0.
Central drew within one with a goal at 77 minutes before Whitcomb sealed the victory with her second goal eight minutes later. Xochitl Clark assisted on the third Tabor goal.
Wehrman had two saves from Central’s five shots. Tabor collected 15 shots.
The Bluejays drubbed McPherson 10-0 in McPherson Tuesday, Sept. 16. Clark struck early, beginning the route with a score two minutes into the game. Sarah Dougherty added the second goal a minute later and Previtera collected the third seven minutes in.
Kurtz and Stagg added goals and Clark scored her second on the way to a 6-0 halftime lead. Stagg punched in two more second-half goals to earn the hat trick. Kurtz and Toews also scored in the second half.
Dougherty had three assists, Previtera two, and Stagg, Clark, and Kristina Gillen one each. Tabor had 34 shots at goal and the Bulldogs had only one.
Tabor travels to Winfield Wednesday to play Southwestern and remains on the road Saturday at Sterling.