133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
DUBUQUE—A Miguel Bonilla goal in the 102nd minute spoiled a Central College men’s soccer upset bid as No. 5-ranked Loras College escaped with a 2-1 double-overtime win.
It was the second straight double-overtime contest between the two squads. Central (5-5 overall, 0-1 Iowa Conference) had knocked off the Duhawks in Pella last year 3-2. Loras (8-1-1 overall, 2-0 conference) went on to advance to the NCAA Division III national semifinals for the second season in a row. Loras and Central shared the league’s best record last year at 7-1.
Bonilla put Loras up 1-0 Saturday in the 28th minute. Central had a potential game-tying goal waved off in the first half because of an offsides call, but the Dutch forced the overtimes when forward Brett McKenzie (junior, Lindenhurst, Ill., Antioch HS) scored his team-high fourth goal of the season in the 71st minute.
The score remained 1-1 through the first overtime but Bonilla was awarded a penalty kick with 8:46 remaining in the second extra period and scored the winner.
Central was outshot 23-9. Goalkeeper Jonathan Glassman (sophomore, Lakeville, Minn., North HS) made nine saves.
“Loras is a very good team,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “They outchanced us on the night, but at the same time, I felt 1-1 would have been a fair result.
“The guys came off the field disappointed. They realize we played pretty well against a very good team. I feel all year we’ve played good soccer. We’re right there. But we’ll keep working hard and make no excuses. I’m still optimistic about the season.”
The Dutch travel to Indianola Wednesday for a women’s-men’s conference twinbill. The women’s game is at 5 p.m. with the men’s contest at 7 p.m. Central has won five in a row against Simpson (3-3-2 overall, 0-1 conference) but trails in the teams’ all-time series 10-7-3.