TC soccer men win first KCAC contest

The Tabor College men’s soccer team defeated Sterling College, 2-1, Friday at Sterling. The win boosts the Bluejays’ record to 1-3 in the KCAC and 4-5 overall.

At halftime, the Bluejays found themselves down 1-0 to the hosts. Winless in the first three KCAC contests, the Bluejays desperately needed some second half fireworks. Tabor would score two goals midway through the half to take the 2-1 win.

Sterling earned a first half goal in the 34th minute of the first half. In the second half,both teams pressed the issue on offense.

Tabor would capitalized in the 66th minute when Robert Talamantez converted a penalty kick to even the score.

Less than a minute later, the Bluejays would grab the lead for good when David Reyes took a pass from Quentin Francis and found the net for the game-winner.

Derrick Eszlinger recorded seven saves in goal to stick the win.

Kansas Wesleyan—The Coyotes ended Tabor’s three game winning streak with a 3-1 victory Wednesday at Hillsboro.

KWU scored two goals in the first quarter hour of the match, using speed and effective passing in tight spaces to blitz the Bluejay defense.

Tabor regrouped, but remained on its heels throughout the first half. The Bluejays were outshot 6-1 in the frame but kept the score at 2-0 at the break.

In the second half, Tabor caught a break, when KWU defender was issued a second yellow, leaving the Coyotes shorthanded from the 64th minute on.

Three minutes later, the Bluejays converted a long free kick from Vinicio Herrera into a goal when Thomas Leira headed the ball into the net.

In the 78th minute, the Coyotes took advantage of confusion in the Tabor goal and scored the game’s final goal.

Coming—The Bluejays are scheduled to host the Friends Falcons (3-1, 4-6) at home on Wednesday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tabor will host York College (1-2-1, 1-6-1) Saturday with an 8:30 p.m. start. Both matchups will take place in Joel Wiens Stadium.