TC women play tough in 2 losses

Tabor College women?s soccer is still showing signs of improvement despite dropping two tough road contests last weekend against Central Methodist University and Missouri Valley College.

The women lost 1-0 to Central Methodist Friday night in a hard-fought game, 0-1.

?The women played a strong match on Friday, and I was very proud of their performance,? coach Grant Brubacher said.

Tabor?s defense shut down Central Methodist?s offensive attack for most of the game. CMU finally scored late in the second half.

Chelsea Brown recorded 18 saves to lead Tabor?s defensive effort. But the offense managed only one shot?with no shots on goal?compared to the Vikings? 36 shots with 19 shots on goal.

?With a starting lineup of nine freshmen, we battled hard and showed short periods of excellent play,? Brubacher said.

The Bluejays were back in action Saturday, losing 7-0 to Missouri Valley College.

Brubacher attributed the outcome to fatigue from playing a hard game less than 24 hours earlier.

?Saturday we gave our best effort, but we just didn?t have the energy to give the same effort we had the day before,? he said. ?Missouri Valley is a quality opponent, but the score would have been much different if we hadn?t played the day before.?

While fatigue seemed to be an issue for the Tabor offense, it seemed to have little effect on goalkeeper Brown. She allowed seven goals, but racked up 24 saves during the contest.

Brubacher was impressed with the effort the Bluejays gave this weekend.

?The ladies are continuing to improve, which is what we need from a young team early in the season,? he said.

Coming?Tabor (0-3-1) was scheduled to face Avila College Tuesday. They will host St. Gregory?s University at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

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