Tabor men?s soccer splits contests

Tabor College men split soccer games against Southwestern and Ottawa on the road last week.

The Bluejays opened with a win at Southwestern Wednesday.

?It was our first road victory of the season and was well-deserved,? coach Grant Brubacher said. ?We defended well and it was great to get a shutout.?

Robert Masson scored the only goal of the game off of an assist by Marcos Bandiera 20 minutes into the contest.

Masson led the offensive effort with 11 shots, one goal and one shot on goal. Bandiera contributed one assist and two shots.

The defense completely shut down the Moundbuilder offense, allowing no shots on goal.

While Brubacher was pleased with the outcome, he mentioned the need to follow through on offensive plays.

?We were able to generate a lot of chances (on offense), but struggled to get a finish,? he said.

The Bluejays struggled to focus in Saturday?s game against Ottawa University, falling to the Braves, 2-4.

?Things really didn?t go our way on Saturday,? Brubacher said. ?We had too many mental mistakes, especially on set pieces, which ultimately cost us the match.?

Ottawa scored two of its goals early in the first half. The Braves struck twice early in the second half to extend the lead to 4-0.

Tabor was able to step up both on offense and defense late in the second half.

Brubacher applauded the efforts of his team in the second half.

?We showed a lot of character in the second half as we fought to get back in the match, but we had dug too big a hole,? he said.

The offense was led by Ser?vando Hernandez and Masson with one goal each. Masson contributed four more shots on goal while Hernandez contributed two and J.D. Tippin one.

Dalton Burkhard played the entire game at goalkeeper, racking up six saves.

Brubacher looks to win both contests this week, including a game against conference rival Bethel Saturday.

?We have to refocus and be much sharper in the last two weeks (of regular season play),? he said.

Coming?Tabor (3-2-0, 4-9-1) returns to action next week at Kansas Wesleyan Wednesday and rival Bethel College Saturday. Game times are at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.

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