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The Tabor men’s soccer team made quick work of the KCAC tournament competition, sweeping through with a pair of five-goal victories last week.
After receiving a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed, the Bluejays played host to the Threshers of Bethel College in the second round. The scoring was opened up by Tabor’s Neil Rabi with a hat trick. His teammates added a pair of goals to complete the final tally of 5-0.
The victory provided Tabor with its seventh shutout of the season.
Tabor had defeated Bethel previously by a margin of 2-1.
Having defeated the Threshers, Tabor faced a familiar opponent in the championship game: Saint Mary’s College from Leavenworth.
The Bluejays had lost to Saint Mary’s each of the previous times, failing to score a goal in both games.
Tabor would have no problems scoring this year, though. Paul Raugust led off with a goal in the fifth minute of play.
After missing several opportunities, the Bluejays looked as if they might let the Spires back into the game until Scott Friesen and Mike Paulus put in back-to-back goals.
Tabor added two mores goals to provide a 5-0 halftime lead for the raucous Hillsboro crowd.
Saint Mary showed some life to start the second half, scoring a goal just minutes into the final period of play. But neither team scored again until Derrick Unruh landed a beautiful volley in the back of the net to provide the final margin of 6-1.
With the win, Tabor is now 13-6 and conference champs for both the regular season and post-season.
Coming-Tabor was scheduled to take on Bellevue College from Nebraska yesterday. With a win, the Bluejays would travel to Park College to take on either Park College or Hastings College.