ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College women’s soccer team picked up that elusive first win of the season Friday at Lindsborg with a 3-1 win over Bethany College.
“This was a big confidence-builder for the women,” coach Herb Wiebe said.
Tabor’s Clancey Kelley opened the scoring on a penalty kick 15 minutes into the contest.
Kelly White followed that with a goal 10 minutes later as Tabor entered halftime with a 2-0 lead.
Wiebe said the Swedes played the match with only 10 players and actually had more first-half scoring opportunities than Tabor. But he credited goal-keeper Rachel Kostner for keeping Bethany off the scoreboard.
“Rachel played well,” Wiebe said. “She played an intelligent game.”
The Bluejays came out flat in the second half, Wiebe said, allowing a goal at the 10-minute mark to cut Tabor’s lead to 2-1.
Kostner came up big again, according to Wiebe, at the 20-minute mark to preserve the slim Bluejay lead.
“Rachel came out and stopped a breakaway,” Wiebe said. “She made a great play.”
With 10 minutes left, White kicked the ball into the back of the net again to push the lead to 3-1 and secure that first win.
With the victory, Tabor improved to 1-11-1 overall and 1-6-1 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Ottawa-Tabor lost to Ottawa on Thursday, 4-0.
“We were pretty much outmatched,” coach Herb Wiebe said. “They were probably the best team we’ve played all year.”
Tabor trailed 2-0 at halftime-which was surprisingly close, according to Wiebe.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think we had a single shot on goal,”he said. “Maybe one, but they were just very skilled and athletic at every spot.”
The loss dropped Tabor to 0-11-1 overall and 0-6-1 the KCAC.
Coming-Tabor will travel to Wichita on Wednesday to battle the Friends Falcons in the final conference matchup before heading to McPherson on Saturday to play Central Christian College at 2 p.m.