Bluejay soccer winless in early season

Despite losing talented seniors on both the men?s and women?s teams, Tabor College soccer is off to a solid start though the records might say otherwise.

The Tabor women opened the season Sept. 1 with a scoreless tie after double overtime against Central Christian College of McPherson.

Freshman forward Megan Beals led the team in shots (6) and shots on goal (4). Leigh Costello added five shots with one shot on goal, while freshmen Rachel Strobridge and Jessica Yraceburu added two shots each.

Tabor?s defense was led by freshman goalkeeper Chelsea Brown, who recorded three saves, all during the first half.

Tabor appeared to take the lead when freshman mid-fielder Molly Clark connected with the net in the middle of the first half. The goal was disallowed on a foul credited to Clark for colliding with Central?s goalkeeper while attempting to score.

The Bluejays had several more opportunities to score, but couldn?t get the ball past Central goalkeeper Leah Stringer, who recorded seven saves.

Sioux Falls?Both the men and women suffered losses against NAIA Division I opponent University of Sioux Falls at home Sept. 5.

The Cougar women took a commanding lead over the Bluejays early in the women?s contest, scoring four goals in the first half, three of them in just over a minute.

Tabor struggled on offense, recording only four shots on goal and no goals. Megan Beals led the offensive effort with two shots on goal.

Chelsea Brown came through with a huge game in the second contest of her collegiate career, recording 11 saves, but could not stop the Cougars from scoring six goals.

The Tabor men opened their first game of the season with a 2-1 loss.

Both teams remained scoreless during the first half. But Sioux Falls struck first with a shot by Lance Norling eight minutes into the second half.

Tabor answered minutes later with a goal by Robert Masson with an assist from freshman Aram Najar. The Cougars scored again with just under two minutes left in the game.

The Bluejay attack was led by Robert Masson. Masson had six shots.

The defense held Sioux Falls to just four shots on goal. Fresh?man goalkeeper Dalton Burkhard played all 90 minutes of his first collegiate contest with two saves and two allowed goals.

Coming?The Tabor men were back in action against Newman University in Wichita Monday. Both teams travel to Fayette, Miss., Friday to take on Central Methodist University.

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