Jays clinch his-n-her soccer titles

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BRETT THIESSEN

Tabor men crush Ottawa and nip Bethel to secure crown

With the conference title already in their pocket, the Tabor men’s soccer team was victorious over rival Bethel College by a score of 2-1 in the final regular-season conference game.

Having already clinched the KCAC championship four days earlier against Ottawa, the Bluejays had a conference sweep on their minds as they traveled to North Newton.

The Bluejays scored all three goals in the match-unfortunately, one was into their own goal that contributed to the 2-1 final.

The win puts Tabor at 8-0 in conference and 10-6 overall.

Tabor finished a tremendous conference run with a total of three shutouts while outscoring their opponents 35-9.

Tabor has won the regular season KCAC men’s soccer title two of the last three years.

Ottawa-Tabor dominated an overmatched Braves team for a 9-0 victory in Hillsboro Oct. 22.

If offsides penalties counted as goals, Ottawa might have competed with the Bluejays. The Braves worked an aggressive off-side trap against Tabor. Although it took a little while for Tabor to crack it, the Bluejays used their speed to blow by Ottawa’s trap for several easy goals.

The nine goals are a season high for the Bluejays and six players got into the scoring action.

Coming-The Bluejays were scheduled to host Midland Lutheran on Tuesday for a final non-conference affair. With the top seed in the post-season conference tournament in hand, Tabor will not play again until next week.

Tabor will have home-field advantage throughout the tournament. The Jays’ first game will be next Wednesday against the winner of Sterling and Bethany.

Tabor is seeking its first post-season tournament championship.

Tabor women dominating conference competition, 37-4

The Tabor women’s soccer team defeated Bethel College in North Newton, 6-2, to finish unbeaten in the KCAC.

With the win, Tabor clinched a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The Jays are seeking their third straight trip to the NAIA regional tournament.

Tabor has dominated its KCAC competition this year. Tabor has shut out five of eight opponents while outscoring them by a 37-4 margin.

Winners of 16 straight in the KCAC, the Bluejays have not lost a conference game in more than a year. They beat five of their opponents by four goals or more and only one team came within a goal of the Bluejays.

Tabor is now 10-7 overall and a perfect 8-0 in conference play.

Ottawa-Tabor avenged its last KCAC loss with a 3-1 home victory over the Braves of Ottawa Oct. 22.

Tabor struggled through a tough first half in which Ottawa held the majority of the possessions.

But a goal in the final minutes of the first half gave the Bluejays momentum heading into the second half.

Tabor added two more second-half goals to mount a 3-0 lead before a late Ottawa charge would net them a single score.

Coming-Tabor was scheduled to host Midland Lutheran College on Tuesday before entering post-season play.

With first place in hand, the Bluejays will have a first-round bye in the post-season tournament and open at home next Tuesday with the winner of the Bethany and Kansas Wesleyan matchup.

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