142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
MONMOUTH, ILL.—Central College forward Brett McKenzie (junior, Lindenhurst, Ill., Antioch HS) scored the only goal the Dutch needed in the 10th minute of a 1-0 men’s soccer victory at Monmouth College (Ill.) Wednesday.
It was Central’s fourth 1-0 game in its last five outings and is 2-2 in those four contests.
“We certainly haven’t solved all of our goal-scoring issues but we needed a win and we got that,” coach Garry Laidlaw said.
The Dutch (4-4) dominated the field of play, outshooting Monmouth (1-5) 25-6. Central had several other scoring opportunities, including a penalty kick, but couldn’t convert.
“We also missed some one-on-one chances but their goalie made some very good saves,” Laidlaw said.
Goalkeepers Jonathan Glassman (sophomore, Lakeville, Minn., North HS) and Quincy Garner (junior, Pella) each played a half in pitching a combined shutout.
The Dutch made some tweaks to their attack in attempting to jump-start the offense.
“I think that it gave us some looks from different angles,” Laidlaw said. “We’re just trying to get the ball into better places and we did that. We still have issues but we played pretty well, as we have all year.”
Central takes a weekend off before concluding its pre-Iowa Conference slate next Wednesday with a visit from Saint John’s Univ. (Minn.), another formidable Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe. The Johnnies take a 2-3 record into a pair of games this weekend before heading to Pella. Game time is 2 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field.
Saint John’s holds a 2-0 lead over Central in the all-time series, shutting out the Dutch 1-0 in Minnesota last season.