ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor men’s soccer team kicked off the 2004 season with a 1-0 victory over visiting Avila College Saturday afternoon in Hillsboro.
“We didn’t play especially well-just well enough,” coach Lincoln Wulf said. “Avila was playing their third game of the year and settled into a strong passing game very quickly.”
Wulf said a bright spot for the Bluejays was the play of his strikers: Grant Brubacher, Dave Fast and Derek Unruh.
“They ran their tails off and created a lot of problems for the Avila defense,” he said. “In the first half we had three or four good opportunities, but we just didn’t convert.”
Wulf said Tabor’s defense was outstanding.
“Led by Ryan Kelley, we held our marks well, we were patient for the most part and we really limited their chances on goal.
“Kenton Schroeder had the task of shutting down Avila’s top scorer-two goals last season in 10 minutes-and he did a tremendous job.”
Jon Adrian finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the 65th minute on a direct free kick from 20 yards out.
Tabor and Avila were each credited with six shots on goal.
Ian Thompson, a Neosho Community College transfer, recorded two keeper saves for the day.
“We’re still about two or three weeks from being really fit, and it showed down the stretch,” Wulf said. “We did a good job of gutting it out-but just barely.”
Tabor will take its 1-0 record against Bethel College today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. at Wiebe Field.