Tabor women extend perfect KCAC record

Two more games. Two more shutouts.

The Tabor College women’s soccer team continued its domination of KCAC soccer foes, blanking Bethany College 4-0 Saturday and St. Mary 6-0 Tuesday, Oct. 10. Both games were in Hillsboro.

Chrissy Previtera had a goal and two assists in the defeat of Bethany, the preseason pick to win the conference. Previtera tallied the first goal 20 minutes into the match when her crossing shot ricocheted off a Bethany defender and into the goal.

Ten minutes later, Xochitl Clark poked in a Previtera pass to give Tabor a 2-0 halftime lead.

Katie Whitcomb had the third goal at the 50-minute mark off a Melanie Kurtz assist. Kurtz closed the scoring 10 minutes later, netting the ball from Previtera’s second assist.

Bethany outshot the Bluejays 21-17. Tabor goalkeeper Christy Wehrman had 10 saves. It was her and the Bluejays’ sixth shutout in a row.

“We played well in the boxes,” said Tabor coach Don Brubacher. Bethany, according to Brubacher, had the better of the possession in the game.

He said the illness of midfielders Sarah Dougherty and Dolly Regier and the tender ankle of Kurtz contributed to the sluggish midfield play.

“It’s a great win and we’re glad to have it,” Brubacher said, “but it was certainly not our best effort.”

The Bluejays best effort may have come in the St. Mary win.

“Against St. Mary, in my judgment, we played by far our best soccer of the season in the second half,” Brubacher said. “We had great possession and attacked very effectively.”

Whitcomb and Previtera each scored twice against St. Mary. Whitcomb had the only goal in the first half. Dougherty assisted on the tally at the 10-minute mark.

Whitcomb and Dougherty again combined for a goal to put the Bluejays up 2-0 three minutes into the second period.

Previtera scored unassisted 10 minutes into the half to put Tabor ahead 3-0. Chelsie Warkentine assisted on Previtera’s second goal with 81:00 gone for a 4-0 Bluejay lead.

Becca Toews had the fifth goal from a Kathleen Stagg assist, and the pair complemented each other again just before the end of the game when Toews’s pass set up Stagg’s goal.

Wehrman had three saves on St. Mary’s three shots. Tabor launched 23 shots at the St. Mary goal.

Friends comes to Hillsboro for a 2 p.m. match Wednesday. Friends was the preseason pick for second place in the KCAC. Tabor travels to Kansas Wesleyan Saturday for a 6 p.m. game.

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