ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor men’s soccer team suffered its first conference defeat of the season Monday afternoon, losing to Bethany, 1-0.
The game was scoreless for the first 86 minutes, but Bethany broke through the Bluejay defense with 4:00 left on the game clock to score the games’s only goal.
With the loss, Tabor falls to 7-6 overall and 5-1 in KCAC play.
McPherson-Tabor continued its hot streak, hosting and defeating the McPherson Bulldogs 1-0 on Wednesday.
No other information about the match was available by press time.
Saint Mary-The Tabor men shut out Saint Mary, 2-0, Monday.
The Spires, preseason conference favorites, came to town with a 1-10 record, but proved to be a formidable challenge.
“We started a little slowly and gave them the better part of possession for the first 15 minutes,” coach Lincoln Wulf said. “It was a game we weren’t quite sure how to prepare for because Saint Mary is very talented.
“The way they passed the ball at first, I thought there was no way they were 1-10.”
Ian Tomson was once again in goal for the Bluejays and did another excellent job, although Wulf said the Tabor defense deserves credit, too.
“We kept them from having any serious attempts on goal,” Wulf said. “Ian had to make one or two long-range saves, and he came out and pulled down some crosses and corners. But they never really got in close to our goal.”
Tabor exploited a crack in the Saint Mary defense at the 25-minute mark when Grant Brubacher scored his seventh goal of the season off of Chris Adrian’s fifth assist of the year.
“Tim Satterfield drew a foul deep in their half and Chris played the free kick across the goal to Grant at the far post, and he headed in what proved to be the game winner,” Wulf said.
Tabor took its 1-0 lead into the second half, when the Bluejays began to assert themselves.
“We were unlucky not to score a couple goals early in the second half,” Wulf said. “But our passing game was starting to click.”
The run culminated at the 78-minute mark when Brubacher fed Brian Unruh, who scored his first goal of the season. It’s Brubacher’s seventh assist this season.
Tomson recorded seven saves.aComing-Tabor will host Ottawa on Thursday before traveling to York, Neb., on Saturday to tangle with York College beginning at 1. p.m.