151-102-14 (.592) record since 2001
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.— Nationally ranked Augsburg College (Minn.) pulled out a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Central College men’s soccer team Monday evening.
In what Dutch coach Garry Laidlaw described as an evenly contested match, the Auggies broke on top with a goal in the 29th minute, then extended it with another with 37:06 left in the game. Augsburg (2-0-1) is ranked No. 17 in the NCAA Division III and is a top contender in the highly regarded Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
Central held a 16-15 shot advantage but couldn’t crack the Augsburg defense.
“Augsburg is a good team, yet I felt like we were on top of the game for a large part of the time,” Laidlaw said. “We gave up a free header on a set piece and we were chasing the game from that point on. They’re tough defensively and we couldn’t break them down.”
Augsburg goalkeeper Pascaul Venter posted his third consecutive shutout. Central goalkeeper Jonathan Glassman (sophomore, Lakeville, Minn., North HS) made six saves.
The Dutch were playing without injured starting back Killian LeDuke (sophomore, Sherman Oaks, Calif., St. Genevieve HS).
“We had to reshuffle the deck a bit,” Laidlaw said. “We brought Garrett Fooshee (sophomore, Derby, Kan.) in from the outside and he did a really nice job, along with K.J. McQuerrey (sophomore, West Des Moines, Valley HS).”
Central returns home to take on another top MIAC squad, playing host to Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Dutch men and women will be playing Gustavus Adolphus simultaneously, with the men competing on the Central game field in the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex and the women on the nearby upper field, west of Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium.
The Dutch men trail Gustavus Adolphus in the teams’ all-time series, 2-0, last meeting in 2006. The Gusties are 1-1-1 after dropping a 2-0 home-field decision to Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) Monday afternoon.
“We expect a similar game as Augsburg,” Laidlaw said. “We knew this would be a challenging part of our schedule.”