142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
CEDAR RAPIDS—The Central College men’s soccer team scored two goals in the first period, both on headers, and added a late goal for a 3-1 win over Iowa Conference foe Coe on Saturday.
Playing on the Coe football field, the Dutch built a 2-1 halftime lead on two header goals and the lead held. The Kohawks (4-6-1 overall, 0-3-0 IIAC) tied the game briefly in the first period, but was unable to stop the Central attack.
“There is no easy game in the Iowa Conference, so we are pleased with the result,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “This is a tough place to come in and play. Everyone in the league is fighting and scrapping for points. Coe put up a good fight today. It is nice to come away with the win.”
Midway through the first period, midfielder Chris Poesch (junior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) scored on a header to put the Dutch in front. It was his first goal of the season. Midfielder Dillon Thornbury (senior, Memphis, Tenn., Collierville HS) assisted on the play.
The Kohawks evened the score less than four minutes later, but the tie did not last long.
Thornbury scored on a header of his own to give Central the lead in the 37th minute. Defender Jeremy Dolder (sophomore, Iowa City, West HS) sent a pass into the box and Thornbury headed it into the back of the net. The goal was his fourth of the season.
“Dillon had a fantastic match today,” said Laidlaw. “His goal and assist were great, but his passing and control of the midfield were most important. He led us today.”
With the score 2-1 in favor of the Dutch, goalkeeper Tim Maggard (senior, Los Angeles, Calif., South Torrance HS) made a lead-preserving save, diving to his left to redirect a Coe shot to the far post.
“Tim’s save in the first period was fantastic,” Laidlaw said. “If it weren’t for that save, this may be an entirely different story.”
After more than 38 scoreless minutes to start the second period, forward Aleksandar Glavas (junior, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) scored on a shot from just outside the box to the near post. Glavas is second in the league with eight goals. Defender Adelmo Marchiori (freshman, Carlinville, Ill.) was credited with the assist.
It was the seventh game with at least two different Dutch goal scorers.
“That is definitely one thing we like about our team,” said Laidlaw. “The scoring on our team is fairly distributed. Anyone on our team can score in any given game. It is nice to get those goals from complimentary players, because we are going to need them to win games in this league.”
The Dutch defense limited the Kohawks to six shots, two on goal. Central led in shots (13-6) and shots on goal (5-2), but the two teams were even in corner kicks (5-5). Glavas led the attack with five shots, two on goal and one goal. Maggard made only one save, but it changed the landscape of the game.
Central (6-5-1 overall, 1-2-0 IIAC) returns home for a conference battle with Wartburg (8-2-2 overall, 2-0-0 IIAC) on Saturday. Last season the Knights shut out the Dutch 2-0 in Waverly.