Bluejay soccer teams feature experienced rosters

The Tabor College soccer teams return to the field this season under the direction of seventh-year head coach Grant Brubacher.

Men?s team

 The Tabor men?s soccer team includes: front row (from left) Diego Calderon, Kevin Bankow?ski, Antoine Williams, Jeremy Johnson, Nate Lawson, Joe Lopez; second row, Tyler Guerrero, Joshua Damian, Giovanni Martinez, Brandon Blackwood, Michel Matias, Jeff Pritchard, Bransyn Felty, Alberto Checa; third row, Robert Escobar, Arturo Golembiewski, Drew Janzen, Edgar Trejo, coach Grant Brubacher, student assistant Spencer Nemnich, James Paul, Aram Najar, Juan Ramirez; back row, Philipp Wahl, Trevor Peters, Cole Younger, Zane Klein, Yago Salton, Rafael Marins, Marian Saar, Adam Morley. Not pictured: Noel Ayala. The Bluejay men recorded a 13-7 record last season, 7-2 in the KCAC for second place.

The Bluejays boast 15 returning players this season. Junior midfielder Marian Saar, a first-team All-KCAC selection last year and 2013 preseason pick, should again be a force this season. Saar topped the conference in goals, assists and points in 2012.

Also returning is junior forward Philipp Wahl, another first-team All-KCAC selection and preseason team pick.

Senior defender Adam Morley was named to the All-KCAC second team last season and was chosen to the preseason team this year.

Senior midfielder Aram Najar returns after earning honorable mention All-KCAC honors last season.

The Bluejays, who lost their first game of the season to No. 4 MidAmerica Nazarene Univer?sity 1-0, placed third in the KCAC preseason coaches? poll behind Kansas Wesleyan and McPher?son.

Women?s team

 Members of the Tabor women?s soccer team include:?front row (from left) Hannah Yoder, Kaitlyn Wells, Khrystian Glover, Amber Mayer, Carly Rowan, Rachel Strobridge, Tori Wheeler; second row, Melissa McArthur, Wendy Ramirez, Jessica Renzelman, Ashtyn Stephens, Amy Vaughan, Molly Coppadge, Kalee Cross; third row, Yolli Aasheim-Conner, Cari Tippin, student assistant Spencer Nemnich, coach Grant Brubacher, assistant coach Joanna Mays, Katelyn Duba, Nicole Stevenson, Lyn Ungang; back row, Phylicia Don, Molly Clark, Chelsea Brown, Brooke Eitzen, Victoria Cantu, Anna Friesen, Dayna Wohlgemuth.The Bluejay women return 19 players this season after finishing 9-9 overall last year and 4-5 in the KCAC for seventh place.

Topping the list is junior forward Jessica Renzelman, a first-team All-KCAC selection last year and 2013 preseason team pick.

Sophomore forward Nicole Stevenson returns after being chosen to the All-KCAC second team last year, while two honorable mention honorees?senior defender Molly Clark and junior midfielder Anna Friesen?also return.

The Bluejays, who fell 4-0 to MidAmerica Nazarene Aug. 27, tied the University of Saint Mary for sixth place in the KCAC preseason coaches? poll. Kansas Wesleyan topped the poll, followed by Ottawa and Sterling.

Immediate schedule

Both teams were scheduled to compete at Mid America Chris?tian in Oklahoma City this past Friday.

The men will compete at Manhattan Christian College at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, and both teams will travel to Saint Gregory?s University Sept. 7.

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