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The Tabor men’s soccer team didn’t travel to Sterling to play a boring soccer game last Wednesday. The Bluejays battled in a back-and-forth contest to take home a 4-3 victory and clinch at least a tie for the conference championship.
Sterling took the Bluejays by surprise in the first half, grabbing a 2-1 advantage into the break. But Tabor answered with three second-half goals to take a 4-2 lead. Sterling would be able to add one more goal, but not enough to steal a victory.
Coach Nathan Wilkey said: “It was our worst game of the season. Hopefully, it proves to be a good lesson without costing us a win.”
Tabor is now 6-0 in conference.
Oklahoma Christian-The Bluejays got their weekend off to a slow start, losing Friday to Oklahoma Christian, 8-1.
The competition was fierce in Edmond, Okla. The Bluejays were simply outmanned against a national powerhouse. Oklahoma Christian began the year ranked No. 7 in the nation and currently holds the top spot in NAIA Region VI.
Wilkey admitted his Bluejays were simply against a better foe.
“Each of their players were faster and better skilled than each of our players,” he said.
Grant Brubacher scored the lone goal for a Tabor squad that played OCU to a 1-1 tie in the second half.
Tabor drops to 8-6 for the year.
Coming-The Bluejays were to host Ottawa University Tuesday. Tabor then travels to North Newton to finish regular-season conference play against Bethel. The Bluejays need only a tie in either game to clinch an outright conference title.