Tabor men split, looking for consistency for playoff spot

Tabor soccer coach Grant Brubacher says his men?s team will need to find consistency in order to earn a conference playoff spot.

Tabor blew an early 2-0 lead against McPherson last week, eventually losing, 3-2.

?The men had a very disappointing result against McPher?son,? Brubacher said. ?We allowed a (McPherson) goal late in the first half to lose momentum.?

Sergio Torres scored Tabor?s first goal of the game just over three minutes in. David Simmet added a goal 16 minutes later to give Tabor the 2-0 advantage.

McPherson?s Brent Mulford answered with a goal late in the first half and scored again early in the second half to tie the game. Andrew Suits scored the game?s winning goal.

Josh Reiswig and Robert Masson contributed one shot on goal each to Tabor?s attack.

Dalton Burkhard and Ben Clark split time at goalkeeper. Burkhard allowed two goals and notched one save while Clark recorded two saves and allowed one goal.

Tabor bounced back from Wednesday?s loss to defeat the University of Saint Mary, 2-1, Saturday.

?The overall level of play was very good,? Brubacher said. ?I was very pleased with the defensive performance until we gave up the late goal.?

The Bluejays scored the first goal with a second-half goal by Sergio Torres, assisted by Robert Masson. Simmet assisted Torres with a goal just four minutes later to bump the lead to 2-0.

Tabor lost the shutout when USM?s Connor Vinning scored with five minutes left.

?We need to learn to play more intelligently when we have a lead,? Brubacher said.

Beyond Torres? two goals, Masson and Simmet each added one assist and one shot on goal while Jeremy Reiswig and Rafael Marins each added one shot on goal.

Burkhard recorded three saves.

Brubacher commended the efforts of his players, but noted room for improvement.

?Sergio Torres has really come on lately, scoring five goals in our last four matches,? Brubacher said. ?We do need to continue to focus on finishing good goal-scoring chances in order to reach our potential.?

Coming?Tabor (2-1-0, 3-8-1) returns to action with two road games this week against South?western on Wednesday and Ottawa Saturday. Game times are at 7 p.m.

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