142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
ST. PAUL, MINN.—Central College outplayed Hamline Univ. (Minn.) everywhere but the scoreboard and suffered a 2-1 overtime setback Sunday.
It’s become an all-too-familiar drill for the Dutch (3-4), who outshot Hamline 15-6, including a 15-4 advantage in regulation. Central has scored just two goals in the past five games.
“It’s frustrating,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “But when you’re not putting the ball in the net, it’s always going to be difficult. We let (Hamline) hang around and it cost us.”
Hamline (4-4) struck with a goal in the fourth minute but Central midfielder Nick DeLucia (junior, Urbana, Ill.) scored his first goal of the year at 21:33 on an assist from forward Brett McKenzie (junior, Lindenhurst, Ill., Antioch HS).
Central gained a man advantage with 7:33 left in regulation when a Hamline player received a red card, but the Dutch still couldn’t convert.
In overtime, Hamline had a free kick. Goalkeeper Jonathan Glassman (sophomore, Lakeville, Minn., North HS) made a dazzling save to tip the ball away, but knocked it over the end line to set up a Hamline corner kick. The Pipers’ Sam Studer outjumped the Dutch on the kick and headed the ball in the net to end the game at 95:11.
“We controlled play and after they got the red card, we were camped in front of the net,” Laidlaw said. “We were getting good position but we were just misfiring.”
Central travels to Monmouth College (Ill.) Wednesday for a 4 p.m. non-conference contest. Central blanked the Scots 5-0 at Pella last year but the all-time series between the two schools is tied at 5-5-1.
“Monmouth is a much improved side this year,” Laidlaw said. “But we’re going to concentrate on Central this week and take a look at making some changes. We have to do a better job in the final third (of the field).”