TC kicked at Ottawa

McPherson knocked the Tabor College men?s soccer team out of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference?s postseason tournament with two second-half goals at Ottawa Friday.

Saturday, McPherson defeated Kansas Wesleyan 3-2 to advance to the national playoffs.

The Bulldogs held the Bluejays to 10 shots, and just three shots on goal, and keeper Chris Plooster was equal to the task each time.

Jose Arenas scored in the 52nd minute to give McPherson the lead, and Jose Reyes added the insurance marker with 14 minutes to go.

The Bluejays season finale was marred by the ejection of senior forward Silas Hibbs, who received yellow cards at 51:58 and 54:43.

The women?s season ended in a 4-0 loss to eventual tournament champion Kansas Wesleyan.

Aubrey Whitehorn made 15 saves, but could not hold back the Coyote offense.

KW simultaneously clamped down on junior Jessica Burden, whose offensive outburst the previous week?seven goals and an assist?earned her recognition as the NAIA ?player of the week.?

?I am very proud of Jessica and the way she has been playing,? coach Grant Brubacher said. ?Her hard work and determination to improve gave her the opportunity to be recognized in this way.?

Burden’s two-game performance helped propel the Bluejays to a win over Friends University and a victory over Bethany in the first round of the post-season tournament.

In soccer, a player is credited for two points statistically for each goal, and one point per assist. Burden’s 15-points in two matches ranks among the best weeks in the history of the Tabor women?s soccer program.

?The overall improvement of the team has resulted in more goal scoring opportunities and Jessica was able to capitalize on a number of them last week,? Brubacher said. ?She means a lot to our team and is very deserving of this award.?

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