133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
PELLA—The comeback was spirited and spectacular but the finish was painfully familiar as the Central College men’s soccer team suffered its third consecutive Iowa Conference overtime defeat Saturday, 4-3 to Wartburg College.
The Dutch (5-7 overall, 0-3 conference) had to battle through adversity. Goalkeeper Jonathan Glassman (sophomore, Lakeville, Minn., North HS) had to leave the game with injury in the 55th minute. Defender Garrett Fooshee (sophomore, Derby, Kan.) was also sidelined and two of the team’s top scorers, forward Brett McKenzie (junior, Lindenhurst, Ill., Antioch HS) and midfielder Nick DeLucia (junior, Urbana, Ill.) were ejected in the second half.
McKenzie put Central up early, scoring his team-high fifth goal on a free kick in the 14th minute. But Wartburg (8-3-1 overall, 3-1 conference) tied the score in the 43rd minute and took a 2-1 lead just 3:43 after intermission. The Knights extended the lead to 3-1 with just 11:58 remaining.
But Central came back firing. Midfielder Jonathan Schroeder (sophomore, St. Charles, Ill., North HS) scored his third goal on a pass from forward Eric Shelton (sophomore, Appleton, Wis., Kimberly HS) with 8:45 remaining. Then freshman forward Jordan Appenzeller (Boone) scored his first collegiate goal, also with a Shelton assist, to tie the game at 3-3 with just 2:39 left.
That sent the game into overtime, but after Central packed the box on a free kick, Wartburg came out with a breakaway. The Knights’ Brandon Cook scored his sixth goal of the season for the gamewinner in the third minute of the extra period.
“I’m proud of the guys,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “That was a fantastic comeback.”
Wartburg outshot Central 25-17 and held a 20-4 advantage at halftime. Central had an 11-4 edge in the second half.
Glassman made three saves and Quincy Garner (junior, Pella) had one.
Central is home again Wednesday, taking on the Univ. of Dubuque in a women’s-men’s twinbill. The women’s game is at 1 p.m. and the men’s game at 3 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field. Central defeated the Spartans 2-0 at Dubuque last year. But Dubuque is off to a 10-1-2 start with a 3-0 conference record.