133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
DECATUR, ILL. — It took the Central College men’s soccer team less than six minutes to secure the lead against Millikin Univ. (Ill.) Saturday.
At the 5:57 mark as senior midfielder K.J. McQuerrey (West Des Moines, Valley HS) found the back of the net, his first goal of the season. The early Dutch (3-1) goal proved enough to maintain the lead and secure their first road win of the season.
Fellow midfielder Dan Peacock (sophomore, Ankeny) picked up a loose ball and put a 40-yard diagonal shot over the Millikin defense to McQuerrey, who fought for the ball and put it between the posts.
“He beat the keeper to the ball and put it in the corner of the net,” coach Garry Laidlaw said.
The Dutch dominated the rest of the match, outshooting Millikin (0-3) 24-6, though they couldn’t notch another goal.
“They came out from the beginning playing a low-pressure half-field defense,” said Laidlaw. “When a team does that it’s hard to break them down.”
Despite that, a solid defensive performance kept Central on top throughout the rest of the match. Keeper Dave Ziemann played all 90 minutes but saw little action, making only 2 saves.
“He did an excellent job organizing, he was vocal, and really never put a foot wrong for us,” Laidlaw said.
Laidlaw and the men’s soccer squad make the short trip to Bloomington, Ill. Sunday, when they take on Illinois Wesleyan (2-1).
“It’s always tough to go back to back, but we were able to play a lot of guys,” Laidlaw said. “Hopefully that means tomorrow we will have some fresh legs.”