TC soccer teams start 2007 low

With a new head coach taking the helm, the Tabor College soccer teams slipped to the bottom of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason coaches polls.

The Bluejay men finished sixth with a conference record of 4-5 in 2006 but dropped to ninth place in the initial ranking. The slide put the team just ahead of a Bethany College squad that went 0-9 last season.

On the women?s side, Tabor was picked in last place after finishing in a tie for ninth place with the 1-8 Bethel Threshers.

?I was surprised the coaches picked us that low, especially on the men?s side,? first-year coach Grant Brubacher said. ?But I think that?s more of a reflection on the coaching change than the talent level of the team.?

?I?ve talked to a couple of the guys on the team about it, and they seem pretty surprised about it, too,? he added.

?I think it will help to motivate the team, to prove that we are better than where we were picked.?

2007 KCAC Preseason Polls

Women?s Soccer Poll

1. Kansas Wesleyan (9) 90
2. Sterling 80
3. Friends 72
4. McPherson(1) 69
5. Ottowa 49
6. Bethel 46
7. Southwestern 45
8. Saint Mary 42
9. Bethany 29
10. Tabor 19

Men?s Soccer Poll

1. Kansas Wesleyan (5) 86
2. Friends (3) 84
3. McPherson 67
4. Bethel (2) 66
5. Sterling 59
6. Saint Mary 46
7. Ottowa 45
8. Southwestern 40
9. Tabor 32
10. Bethany College 19


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