133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
PELLA—Freshman midfielder Tyler Archey’s (North Hollywood, Calif., St. Genevieve HS) first collegiate goal was a gamewinner as the Central College men’s soccer team held off Puget Sound (Wash.) 2-1 Friday.
The Dutch (2-0) led much of the way on a first-half breakaway score by forward Brett McKenzie (junior, Lindenhurst, Ill., Antioch HS) in the 31st minute, with an assist from Kevin McQuerrey (sophomore, West Des Moines, Valley HS).
Puget Sound (0-2) tied the score with a Michael Dooley goal with 22:33 left in the game. But at the 18:32 mark Archey knocked home the winner, assisted by Jordan Appenzeller (freshman, Boone) and McQuerrey.
“I was really happy for Tyler,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “He was Johnny on the spot for us today. He did a good job of moving without the ball. When you move without the ball and when you put yourself in good position in the box, you’re able to pick up scraps like that.”
Goalkeeper Jonathan Glassman (sophomore, Lakeville, Minn., North HS) made two saves in picking up his second victory as the team’s new starter. The Dutch were hit hard by graduation, especially in back, but Laidlaw likes what he’s seeing from the Central defense, particularly against a quality foe like Puget Sound. The Loggers are picked for second place in the Northwest Conference.
“I’ve been really pleased,” he said. “One of our focuses for this season was to tighten up defensively, not just in back but throughout the lineup and the commitment has been tremendous in the first two games. This is a young team and it’s nice to see those habits develop early in young players.”
Central makes its first road trip Monday, traveling to St. Paul, Minn. to meet Augsburg College in a 6 p.m. contest. The Auggies take a 1-0 record into a Saturday contest with Wartburg.
“Augsburg had a great year last year and has a lot of players back,” Laidlaw said. “We’re looking forward to going up there and giving them our best shot.”