Tabor men?s soccer earns draw

Tabor College men?s soccer team earned its first draw of the season and a loss at home last week against Avila Univer?sity and St. Gregory?s Univer?sity.

?The men showed some great things in the matches this week,? said Grant Brubacher, head coach. ?We are capable of dominating play for stretches each match, but have not been able to sustain that play for 90 minutes.?

Against Avila University Tuesday, the Bluejays had a solid game offensively but could not gain an edge on the Eagles after two overtimes, ending with a 1-1 draw.

David Simmet scored the first and only goal for Tabor during the opening half. Simmet led the offense with four shots and one goal.

Robert Masson contributed four shots with one shot on goal and Servando Hernandez, Sergio Torres, Nate Lawson and Marcos Bandiera each added one shot on goal.

The defense was led by goalkeepers Ben Clark and Dalton Burkhard. Clark was credited with one save and no goals allowed while Burkhard added four saves and allowed one goal.

Despite the defensive effort, Avila?s Josh Grimes found the net just three minutes into the second half.

Neither team could shake the defense of the other for the rest of play.

The Bluejays returned to action Friday afternoon against St. Gregory?s University. The visitors jumped to an early lead on a goal by Octavio Gonzalez just over a minute into the contest.

The Cavaliers scored two more goals in the first half before Tabor answered with a goal from Rafael Marins to cut the lead 3-1 going into halftime.

Tabor?s Derick Burkhard scored the first goal of the second half with 15 minutes left to play. St. Gregory?s answered with less than three minutes left in the game to make the final score 4-2.

Marins and Burkhard led the offensive effort with one goal each.

Simmet tallied one assist and one shot on goal and Masson added one shot on goal.

On defense, Burkhard allowed three goals and recorded one save during the first half while Clark tallied four saves and allowed one goal during the second.

While Brubacher recognizes the potential his Bluejays possess this season, the men will need to find consistency in order to be successful.

?Until we find consistency as a team, we will continue to struggle to win matches,? Brubacher said. ?We have the abilities to be a good team, but have not yet realized that potential.?

Coming?Tabor (0-5-1) has road games this week against the University of Science and Arts Thursday and Oklahoma Baptist University Friday.

Game times are 4 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

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