142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA—This time the Central College men’s soccer team got the overtime boost it needed.
Midfielder Cody Jandik (junior, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Valley Christian HS) scored on a breakaway in overtime to put the Dutch back in the victory column with a 1-0 decision over Nebraska Wesleyan Tuesday.
Central (3-2) was shut out in defensive struggles by Augsburg (Minn.) 2-0 and Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 1-0 in overtime before reversing the score Tuesday.
Nebraska Wesleyan (3-1-2) had a corner kick as the game headed into the 96th minute, but defender K.J. McQuerrey (sophomore, West Des Moines, Valley HS) came up with the ball and sent it to Jandik who finished with his first goal at 96:01.
“We defended the corner kick pretty well,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “K.J. made a great tackle on the ball, got his head up pretty quickly and found Cody in space. And Cody has the pace to do the rest.
“Of course, Cody still had to do the hard part. He had a defender closing down quickly as he headed towards the goalie. But he made a couple of nice cuts, kept his wits about him and delivered it well.”
Goalkeeper Jonathan Glassman (sophomore, Lakeville, Minn., North HS) posted his second shutout, making four saves. Central outshot the Prairie Wolves 26-26, including a 4-2 edge in overtime. Jandik had seven shots for the Dutch.
“Both teams had chances to win,” Laidlaw said. “Obviously we’ve been struggling to finish, so it was nice to get one. But we’ve been doing so many things well. We keep trying to encourage the guys to take chances when they come. Against good teams like we’ve been playing, you might only get a few good chances in the game.”
Laidlaw is encouraged by Central’s defensive showing in the early going after the back line was hit hard by graduation.
“I’m really pleased with the team defensively, particularly for all the changes that we’ve made in back,” he said. “It hasn’t always looked pretty but they’ve gotten the job done. And it’s not just the backs. It’s players tracking back when they need to and making a tackle when they need to. All those little things add up.”
The Dutch travel to St. Paul, Minn. for a pair of matches this weekend. Central is at Macalester College (Minn.) for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday evening. Central is 0-2-1 against the Scots in the teams’ all-time series. The teams scrapped to a 1-1 draw in the 2007 season opener, their most recent meeting. Macalester takes a 1-3-1 record into a Wednesday game at Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.). The Scots have already faced three Iowa Conference schools, tying Luther 0-0 Sept. 1 before getting blanked by Wartburg, 1-0 Sept. 6, and Loras 4-0 Sept. 13.
Central remains in St. Paul for a Sunday noon contest at Hamline (Minn.) Univ.
Laidlaw said both weekend foes are quality opponents but Tuesday’s win provided the squad a needed lift before heading back on the road.
“It was quite a contrast in the huddle between tonight and our last game,” Laidlaw said. “It’s amazing what an overtime win will do.”