142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA—A hard-fought contest turned on a bit of misfortune for the Central College men’s soccer team Saturday as Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) escaped with a 1-0 overtime victory Saturday.
Dutch goalkeeper Jonathan Glassman (sophomore, Lakeville, Minn., Lakeville North HS) came out of the box on a ball over the top, clearing the ball out of bounds. But Gustavus Adolphus swiftly returned the ball to play and Max Malmquist delivered the gamewinner as Glassman was scrambling to return to the net.
“It’s a tough way to lose a game,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “I thought our guys fought really hard.”
Gustavus Adolphus (2-1-1), ranked No. 4 in the NCAA Division III North Region, held an 18-13 shot advantage and got the winner just 2:08 into overtime. Glassman made five saves for Central.
It was another tight battle with a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) opponent for the Dutch, now 2-2. Central dropped a 2-0 decision at Augsburg College (Minn.) Monday evening. Augsburg is ranked No. 24 nationally and No. 3 in the region.
“I’m just really disappointed for our guys,” Laidlaw said. “We feel like we’ve made a lot of progress yet we’ve faced possibly the top two teams in the MIAC and came away with nothing.”
But Laidlaw liked his team’s effort.
“Gustavus is a good team and I thought we battled them toe to toe,” he said.
Central is home again Tuesday against Nebraska Wesleyan in a 4 p.m. game at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field. The Prairie Wolves are 2-0-2, including a 2-2 season-opening draw against Iowa Conference rival Simpson College.