The Tabor College soccer teams swept Oklahoma Wesleyan in their season openers, and the men?s team improved to 2-0 Friday at Saint Gregory?s Univ. in Tulsa, Okla.
The women?s team fell to 1-1 with a 6-4 loss at Saint Gregory?s despite a four-goal outburst from Jessica Burden. Burden also scored twice in the 3-0 win over Oklahoma Wesleyan, and added an assist?meaning she has figured in every one of the Bluejays goals so far.
Robert Masson, who has scored five of the men?s team?s seven goals so far, is making a similar impact on the men?s side,
The men?s team routed Oklahoma Wesleyan 5-1 and shut out Saint Gregory?s 2-0.
Against Saint Gregory?s, Masson scored the eventual winner late in the first half and buried the clincher in the 86th minute.
Against Oklahoma Wesleyan, Masson opened the scoring early in the first half and tallied again off a setup by Marcos Bandiera.
Wesleyan bounced back with its first and only goal early in the second half, but Masson completed his hat trick on a penalty kick, then helped create the opportunity Bandiera.
Andy Adrian posted his first point of the season with an assist on a goal by Nicholas Ouzounis.
Coach Grant Brubacher called the opening victory “a great start to the men’s season.?
“Our offensive production was excellent and our defense was very solid,” he said. “I was pleased with our overall play, but we need to address some mistakes to reach our potential.”
Brubacher credited a total team effort including ?an outstanding performance by Aubrey (Whitehorn) in goal” for the women?s victory.
Whitehorn made seven saves in the shutout victory over Oklahoma Wesleyan, but had less success against Saint Gregory?s offense, which generated 22 total shots and put 15 on goal. She made eight saves.
Both teams play at Avila on Saturday followed by a visit to Manhattan Christian on Tuesday.