54-29-11 (.633) mark over past five seasons
PELLA—Both teams were nearly identical on paper but Luther College held the advantage on the scoreboard, handing the Central College women’s soccer team a 1-0 overtime loss Wednesday night in Pella.
Lightning delays pushed the game back two hours and after ninety minutes of back-and-forth action, the Norse fired the game-winning goal just 16 seconds into overtime.
“We talked about going out there for overtime and trying to go at them and trying to win the first five minutes at least,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “But we turned into a defender and they brought it back to the middle. We didn’t step and they shot and scored.”
Luther (7-6 overall, 3-1 conference) held a 12-10 shot advantage while Central (9-5 overall, 2-3 conference) had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Both teams made six saves and committed three fouls.
“It’s a tough one to lose,” Kobylinski said. “We played almost completely even with them the entire match.”
Forward Alayna Bailey (freshman, Des Moines, Hoover HS) led the Dutch with four shots while defender Kelsey Schippers (sophomore, Pella) had two. Goalkeeper Steph Hasken (junior, Davenport, West HS) had six saves.
“Steph made every save she could make,” Kobylinski said. “We can’t fault her for that goal – it was a hard shot.”
Kobylinski also noted the performances of defender Liz Daniels (freshman, Oconomowoc, Wis.), midfielder Hannah Davy (sophomore, Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS) and defender Jackie Bell (Johnston, Dowling Catholic HS).
“Liz was very, very sharp and Hannah played well,” he said. “Jackie played center-mid and she’s just come on extremely well. We’re very pleased with her.”
The Dutch have the weekend off before traveling to Indianola next Wednesday for an Iowa Conference matchup with Simpson College at 5 p.m. The Storm are 8-4-2 overall with a 2-2 league mark heading into Saturday's game against Luther.