142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
MOUNT VERNON—The Central College men’s soccer team put an end to some offensive frustration with a 4-1 Iowa Conference victory at Cornell College Saturday.
Midfielder Cody Jandik (junior, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Valley Christian HS) scored a pair of goals as the Dutch (6-8 overall, 1-4 conference) broke on top early and dominated play throughout. Central outshot the Rams (3-11 overall, 0-5 conference) 20-2.
Jandik scored in the 26th minute on an assist from midfielder Jonathan Schroeder (sophomore, St. Charles, Ill., North HS). Then sophomore midfielder Hunter Viedenkamp (Spencer), on his first touch in his first varsity match, fired home a 30-yard shot to make it 2-0 at intermission.
“It’s always good to score one or two goals early,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “That takes the pressure off. It was nice to see.”
Jandik added his third goal of the season in the 53rd minute with an assist from midfielder Leland Schipper (sophomore, Ankeny) before Cornell scored off a corner kick in the 68th minute. But six minutes later, forward Brett McKenzie (junior, Lindenhurst, Ill., Antioch HS) added his team-high sixth goal of the season to complete the scoring.
Laidlaw was especially happy with a Dutch defense that had to be rebuilt with three new starters because of injury.
“We completely revamped our back four,” Laidlaw said. “I was pleased with how well they played. They haven’t had much time to practice together and were forced to gel as a unit in a game.
“Eric Fjare (sophomore, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln HS) did a tremendous job in back as did Nick DeLucia (junior, Urbana, Ill.).”
Dutch goalkeeper Quincy Garner (junior, Pella), starting in place of injured Jonathan Glassman (sophomore, Lakeville, Minn.) didn’t have to make a save due to the strong defensive effort.
The Dutch are home Wednesday for a league women’s-men’s doubleheader with Luther College. The men’s game starts at 1 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field, with the women’s game at 3 p.m. Live stats and a video Webcast of both games will be available through the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.
Luther, which dropped a 3-2 non-conference decision to Wis.-Platteville Saturday, is 5-7-1 overall and 3-2 in conference action. The Norse defeated Central at Decorah last year 5-3.