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KWU Women’s Soccer Holds Off Tabor

KSAL Sports - October 17, 2013 5:57 am

HILLSBORO – The Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Soccer team remained unbeaten in KCAC play with a 2-1 win over Tabor College on Wednesday evening at Joel Wiens Stadium in Hillsboro.

The win extended Wesleyan’s KCAC unbeaten streak to 23 matches, as the Coyotes are 22-0-1 since the 2010 season.

“We had to grind out a very tough win tonight against another defensive minded team,” Wesleyan head coach Blake Reynolds said. “I am proud of the ladies for staying patient under these circumstances.”

With Tabor sitting back and playing defense, the Coyotes peppered the goal, outshooting the Bluejays 21-6 in the match, putting 13 shots on frame.

Mitzi Ibarra got the Coyotes on the board in the 40th minute. Melissa Martinez shot the ball the bounced off the head of a Tabor defender and right to Ibarra who slid the ball high just inside the left post for the goal.

Wesleyan would take the 1-0 lead into the break.

The Coyotes kept shooting but could not convert until getting a gift from Tabor. Wesleyan had a corner kick with about eight minutes left in the match and the ball dropped into the penalty area perfectly and Tabor’s keeper had come out to play the ball, leaving two defenders in the goal. One of the defenders deliberately knocked the ball away with her hand leading to a red card, and a penalty, in which senior Crystal Sanchez converted to put the Coyotes up 2-0.

“Still we are missing the last little bit of class in front of the goal to make our lives easier,” Reynolds said.

Sanchez outshot Tabor alone, leading the Coyotes with seven shots, compared to just six for Tabor. Melissa Martinez had four.Emily Tielrooy recorded another shutout in goal with two saves.

The Coyotes are on the road again on Saturday, making the short trip to Lindsborg to take on the upstart Bethany Swedes. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m., from Bethany’s Anderson Field.

“Saturday is a huge test for us,” Reynolds said of Bethany. “I am really looking forward to it.”

Wesleyan returns home next Tuesday to take on Bethel at Salina Stadium.