ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College women’s soccer team defeated Central Christian College of McPherson, 1-0, on Saturday in a hard-fought contest.
Michelle Rink again was the offensive hero, scoring the Bluejays’ lone goal with an assist by Sarah Lopez.
Kari Shorb was in the net for Tabor and recorded two saves on her way to her fourth shutout victory of the season.
“Again, we started a lot slower than I would have liked, but we worked hard and picked up a nice win,” coach B.J. Livingston said. “Two of our defensive starters sat this game, so to record a shutout here says a lot about the resilience of our team.
“Stacy Goss stepped in and did a nice job defensively and Tiphani Mills played hurt, but helped us significantly,” he added. “Sarah Lopez and Stephanie Stuber really worked hard and contributed a lot to the outcome of this game.
“Kari Shorb continues to work hard, and proved she’s an excellent leader on the field.”
Tabor improved its overall record to 4-2 with the victory.
Kansas Wesleyan-Tabor lost a heartbreaker Wednesday to Kansas Wesleyan, 5-4, in overtime.
The game was tied 3-3 at halftime. Tabor trailed 2-0 early in the contest before Stephanie Stuber scored off an assist from Michelle Rink in the 30th minute.
After Wesleyan answered for a 3-1 lead, Rink scored an unassisted goal at the 44-minute mark to cut the lead to 3-2. Rink then scored a minute later to tie the game.
Neither team scored in the second period until the Coyotes took a 4-3 lead at the 55-minute mark.
But Rink tied the game again with her third goal at the 75-minute mark, sending the game into overtime. Wesleyan scored the game winner at 94 minutes.
Tabor attempted 12 shots on goal while the Coyotes took 15.
Goalkeeper Kari Shorb was credited with 11 saves.
“Overall, this was a disappointing loss to open our conference schedule,” coach B.J. Livingston said. “I believe we were much better than KW, but came out slow to start the game.
“The women worked hard throughout the game and came back late in the first half,” he added. “Defensively we played much better in the second half, but couldn’t seem to put the ball in the net. Michelle and Stephanie played an exceptional game.”
The loss dropped Tabor to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in KCAC play.
Coming-Tabor was scheduled for a road game at Manhattan Christian yesterday (Sept. 21), then to host Sterling College on Thursday in a non-conference battle beginning at 3 p.m.
The Bluejays head to North Newton Saturday to face the Bethel Threshers beginning at 1 p.m.