SHAWNEE, Okla. – After giving up five goals in its season opener the Tabor College Men's Soccer team knew if they were going to stand a chance of winning they would need to tighten up the defensive play. The Bluejays did just that Tuesday afternoon in Shawnee, Okla. as they shutout St. Gregory's University by the score of 2-0 to earn their first victory of the 2011 campaign.
"We overcame a sluggish start on the road to get our first win of the year," said Head Men's Soccer Coach Grant Brubacher. "The guys responded well in the second half and really dominated play for most of that half. I am very proud of the shutout after conceding five goals in our opener. We took a step in the right direction yesterday and with continued focus, we will start to reach our potential."
After a scoreless first half the Bluejays would find the back of the net twice late in the second half to earn the two goal victory. Freshman Marian Saar got broke the scoreless tie with his second goal of the season at the 79:53-mark to give Tabor the first lead of the afternoon.
Ten minutes later the Bluejays would find the back of the net again as junior David Simmet scored to push Tabor's lead to 2-0. The goal was also Simmet's second of the year.
Senior Ben Clark got his first start of the season in net and gave a strong effort stopping all four shots he faced to earn his first victory and first shutout of the season.
Tabor (1-1 Overall) will return home to host York College Saturday Sept. 3, with game time set for 5 p.m. from Joel H. Wiens Stadium.