Tabor men defeat K. Wesleyan

Tabor earned a big road victory Wednesday, with a 3-1 victory over Kansas Wesleyan in Salina.

Tabor coach Lincoln Wulf said even though the Bluejays got the victory, it wasn’t as convincing as it should have been.

“We started out as well as we have all year-not great, but better,” Wulf said. “We had five one-on-one opportunities in the first 15 minutes and missed every one of them.”

But the Bluejay fortunes changed moments later. Ryan Kelley scored on a header at the 10-minute mark in the first period with an assist from a Chris Adrian corner kick to give Tabor a 1-0 lead.

KWU tied the game before halftime with a a goal in the 36th minute.

“We actually moved the ball so well that we honestly forgot all about our real responsibility-defending-and we let down and let them score,” Wulf said.

“Our frustration factor at missing so many chances was high and we were playing with our stomachs in our throats for the latter part of the first half.

“Against a team like KWU, you really have to take them out early,” he added. “They’re not a strong team, but the longer you leave them in the game the better they get-and that’s just what happened.”

The score remained knotted until the 78th minute, when Chris Adrian found the back of the Coyote net on an unassisted goal.

“Grant Brubacher dropped back into midfield and turned a real playmaking performance for us-he and Jon Adrian connected well.

“Chris Adrian was relentless up and down the left flank,” Wulf added. “He’s been on outstanding player on this team all year.”

Just four minutes later, Tim Saterfield scored an unassisted goal to provide the final 3-1 margin of victory.

The Bluejay attack pressured Wesleyan continually and recorded 15 shots on goal.

Ian Tomson was in goal for Tabor and made three saves.

“Our marking defense really came around in the second half,” Wulf said. “It was our best performance all year. We should have won by a sizeable margin, but we’ll take the win and be happy with it.”

The victory raised Tabor’s record to 2-3 overall and a perfect 1-0 in KCAC play.

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