Bluejay womens’ soccer season comes to an end

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor women’s soccer team ended its season Saturday in Sterling with a 4-2 loss to the Warriors.

After falling behind 1-0 in the early moments, Tabor tied the score when Michelle Rink scored off a Kandi Holland assist.

Later in the first half, Tabor grabbed a 2-1 lead when Stephanie Stuber scored off a Rink assist. But the short-handed Bluejays tired in the second half and eventually lost by two goals.

“We’re just kind of beat up and couldn’t sustain our drive in the second half,” coach Hank Wiebe said. “Michelle has been fighting a back problem for about the last week, and we just don’t have enough depth on our team to be able to rest our players like we need to and like the other teams are able to do.”

Wiebe said Tabor just ran out of gas, as it has numerous times this season.

“We just weren’t able to play at the level we’d like to have played for 90 minutes and a lot of it had to do with a season’s worth of fatigue and injuries,” he said.

With the loss, Tabor concludes its season with a record of 8-8 overall and 3-6 in KCAC play.

Wiebe said the month he coached was a learning experience.

“I really enjoyed the month I served as head coach,” he said. “I thought the women made some nice adjustments to the changes I made, but we never did beat any teams that were better than us.

“We played Bethany, Southwestern and Sterling close, but they’re all in the post-season tournament and we’re not because we just didn’t step it up to the level we needed to. We made improvements in the last month, though.”

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