TC?soccer men lose two

The Tabor College men?s soccer team closed out a tough week with losses to perennial powerhouse Kansas Wesleyan, 6-1, and rival Bethel College, 2-1.

The Bluejays opened the week against the conference leader, Kansas Wesleyan.

?The men played very well in the first half, but were unable to maintain their focus and discipline for 90 minutes,? coach Grant Brubacher said.

?We had to play at an extraordinarily high level to keep pace with the No. 11 team in the nation, and we were not ready to do that.?

Kansas Wesleyan?s first score came off an own goal by the Tabor defense. The Bluejays redeemed themselves later in the first half when Robert Masson scored with an assist by Marcos Bandiera.

KWU scored just four minutes later for a 2-1 lead. By halftime it was 6-1.

Masson led Tabor?s offense with one goal and one shot on goal. Bandeira added one assist while David Simmet and Josh Reiswig added one shot on goal each.

Goalkeeper was split between Dalton Burkhard and Collin Norville. Burkhard allowed five goals and marked three saves while Norville allowed one goal and tallied no saves.

Tabor lost to Bethel Saturday.

?We were playing without three starters and then Aram (Nahar) was injured as well,? Brubacher said.

The new lineup appeared to work well as Masson scored the first goal of the game 12 minutes into the first half.

Tabor held the Threshers scoreless for 54 minutes of the contest.

The game turned in the second half when Bethel evened the score with a goal by BJ Heffernan.

Also hampering the Bluejay effort was the injury to Nahar during the second half after he collided with a Bethel player while making a play on the ball.

?It appears we lost him (Nahar) for the season with a fracture,? Brubacher said.

Bethel sealed the win with a penalty kick by Josh Lauben?heimer with six minutes left in the contest.

Masson led Tabor with one goal and four shots on goal. Simmet added one assist and two shots on goal while Derick Burkhard and Aaron Garza added one shot on goal each.

Burkhard played the entire contest at goalkeeper with two allowed goals and five saves.

While Brubacher was pleased with the effort put forth by his team during the week, he stressed the need for keeping the energy up for the entire game in order to make the postseason.

?We continue to play pretty good soccer, but we have been unable to close out matches and get victories,? he said.

Coming?Tabor (3-4-0, 4-11-1) will play the final home game of the season against Friends at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Bluejays will close the season at Bethany Saturday with the game set to begin at 4 p.m.

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