Overtime wins help Tabor soccer teams climb KCAC ladder


Overtime victories seemed to be the name of the game for the Tabor men’s and women’s soccer teams this week, as both teams pulled out wins in extra minutes again Bethany College on the road Saturday.

Nabbing a second-place spot in the conference this week, the women’s team claimed a victory over the Swedes to improve to 4-2 in the KCAC and 9-6 overall. The Bluejays shut out McPherson College Wednesday.

The men defeated Bethany on a late rally to improve to 4-2 in the conference, putting them at fourth in the KCAC, and 9-6 overall. The third straight win comes after the Jays took down McPherson College Wednesday.

Tabor is scheduled to travel to Bethel College Wednesday before hosting Ottawa University Saturday for senior night.

The women’s games start at 5 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Saturday, and the men’s at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Men—Tabor pulled out the second-half rally against Bethany College Saturday in overtime in Lindsborg, Kan.

After trailing 2-0 with only 25 minutes in the game, the Bluejays found the goal three consecutive times five minutes into overtime, shocking the Swedes to earn a fourth conference victory.

Sophomore Pedro Zavagna scored first for the Bluejays in the 65th minute, assisted by junior Adam Morley, to cut the Swedes’ lead to 2-1.

Then sophomore Marian Saar came in to tie it with eight minutes left off an assist from senior David Simmet, and then won the game with a penalty kick in overtime.

Junior Antoine Williams started in the net and recorded two save. Tabor outshot Bethany, 16-8 overall and 13-6 with shots-on-goal in the match.

The Bluejays picked up their second straight conference win Wednesday with a home victory over McPherson College at Joel H. Wiens Stadium, 2-1.

Sophomore Philipp Wahl scored twice for Tabor in the first half, in the 22nd and 30th minutes, to give the Bluejays a convincing lead at the break. Sophomore Marian Saar recorded assists on both goals.

The Bulldogs’ only goal came off a penalty kick in the 67th minute, allowing Tabor to walk away with the win.

Senior Ben Clark defended the net for the Bluejays, recording 12 saves. McPherson outshot Tabor, 19-11 overall and 13-6 with shots-on-goal.

Women—The Bluejays broke through in the second half of Saturday’s conference road test with Bethany College, claiming a 2-1 win.

After a scoreless first half, junior Molly Clark scored in the 68th minute to give Tabor the lead.

It appeared that would be enough for a Tabor win, but Bethany scored with just over a minute to play to send the match into overtime.

Sophomore Jessica Renzelman put up her 11th goal of the season three minutes into overtime to give the Bluejays the win.

Junior Amber Mayer started in the goal for Tabor, recording six saves. The Bluejays were outshot in the match, 16-13 overall and 9-7 with shots-on-goal.

Tabor picked up another conference win Wednesday at home, defeating McPherson College with a 4-0 shutout.

The Bluejays had a 1-0 lead at halftime and then came roaring out in the second half to finish the job.

Junior Molly Clark, freshman Nicole Stevenson, sophomore Jessica Renzelman and junior Yvonne Brubacher each recorded goals in the match, with assists from Stevenson and classmate Ashtyn Stephens.

Junior Kalee Cross started in the net for Tabor, contributing four saves. The Bluejays outshot McPherson, 12-8 overall and 7-4 with shots-on-goal.


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