133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
PELLA—Central College found some second-half spark for the second straight outing and scored a 3-1 men’s soccer win over Augustana College (Ill.) Tuesday.
Augustana (6-8-2) took an early lead with a goal in the 13th minute but Central (8-9) tied it with just 3:03 left in the half on freshman forward Jordan Appenzeller’s (Boone) second goal, assisted by Brett McKenzie (junior, Lindenhurst, Ill., Antioch HS) and K.J. McQuerrey (sophomore, West Des Moines, Valley HS).
Sophomore defender Killian LeDuke (Sherman Oaks, Calif., St. Genevieve HS) scored his first goal in the 60th minute on an assist from midfielder Cody Jandik (junior, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Valley Christian HS) to give the Dutch the lead and Jandik followed with his fifth goal three minutes later.
Coach Garry Laidlaw likes his team’s newfound come-from-behind ability.
“It’s certainly not a habit we want to get into,” he said. “But for the second game in a row, when we fell behind, our response was good. We didn’t panic, we kept playing.”
Laidlaw took advantage of the break from conference action to provide experience for additional players, using 24 in the game.
“The guys wanted to relax and have fun today and I think we did that. It was nice to see that even at 1-1, we showed confidence in our bench,” he said. “We were able to pull away. I thought we played really well in the second half.”
One of those backups, goalkeeper David Ziemann (sophomore, Van Meter) was thrust into action when starter Quincy Garner (junior, Pella) was injured in the 52nd minute with the score tied 1-1. Ziemann pitched a shutout over the final 38:52 and recorded two saves to notch his first collegiate win.
“We were considering giving him some time anyway,” Laidlaw said. “The plan was to get him in later in the second half, but he was forced to play a little sooner. He played well.”
It was the home finale for the squad’s lone varsity senior, defender Erik Lundgren (Long Grove, Ill., Adlai Stevenson HS).
Central closes the regular season Saturday at Storm Lake, taking on Buena Vista and needing a win to keep its Iowa Conference tournament hopes alive. The Dutch are 2-5 in league play, a point behind sixth-place Coe College (2-4-1) in the fight for the final berth in the six-team tourney. A Central win and a Coe loss at Luther would put the Dutch in the field for the eighth straight year.