22-13-3 (.618) mark over past two seasons
MONMOUTH, ILL.—The Central College women’s soccer team rallied from 3-0 deficit, scoring two goals in the second half, but couldn’t close the deal as Monmouth College (Ill.) claimed a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.
“Monmouth (2-3-1) led 2-0 at the half and then they scored again not even five minutes into the second period,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “We scored two goals to make a game of it and we were pushing, pushing, pushing but couldn’t get that last goal.”
Finding the net for the Dutch was defender Kelsey Schippers (sophomore, Pella) and forward Nancy Huddleston (junior, Muscatine). Schippers scored off an assist from midfielder Gabbi Muse (freshman, Waukee) in the 52nd minute and Huddleston scored 10 minutes later, bending around the post on a corner kick.
“Kelsey had a superb game and a very nice goal,” Kobylinski said. “She launched a 35-yard screamer. It was a thing of beauty.”
Both teams took 10 shots and Central held a 4-2 corner kick advantage.
“It was fairly even but we had a few more shot opportunities in the first half,” Kobylinski said. “We had the ball on the ground and our passing was some of the best we’ve had all year.”
Goalkeeper Steph Hasken (junior, Davenport, West HS) made four saves.
Central has scored 17 goals from eight different players this season and has outscored opponents 14-4 in the second period.”
“We have a lot of players in the mix,” Kobylinski said. “And I can never fault our squad’s determination. They keep fighting and clawing their way back.
“The problem is getting down in the first half and having a hole to get out of. We challenged the team after the game to see if we can get up a goal and sustain the lead and not have to come back.”
Central (4-2) hosts the College of Saint Mary (Neb.) at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Dutch will play on the north game field, west of Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium.
“Saint Mary (1-3) is an NAIA school,” Kobylinski said. “We’ll be hungry for a win. That’s what I love about our team. We never quit and we won’t all year.”