22-13-3 (.618) mark over past two seasons
INDIANOLA—An offensive surge in the second half let Simpson College break away for a 2-0 Iowa Conference win over the Central College women’s soccer team Wednesday.
Both teams were held scoreless at intermission. Simpson, outshooting the Dutch 9-4 in the second period, notched the go-ahead goal in the 63rd minute and added a second tally in the 77th minute.
“It was a typical Central-Simpson rivalry game,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “We played tough but Simpson (10-6-2 overall, 4-3 conference) was able to tuck a couple goals away. They took one off a bounce that went over our backs and got one when didn’t clear in the box.”
Central forward Alayna Bailey (sophomore, Des Moines, Hoover HS) had four shots and goalkeeper Steph Hasken (junior, Davenport, West HS) made three saves.
With two regular-season games left, Central is searching for the offensive spark it had at the start of the season. The Dutch racked up 26 goals throughout September in non-conference action but have scored just five goals in the league portion of the season.
“We’re at a critical point in the season,” Kobylinski said. “We have two games left to see if we can qualify for the tournament. We need to go back to the drawing board to get better in the attack and as coaches we need to prepare the team.”
Central (9-6 overall, 2-4 conference) is making a bid for one of the four remaining spots in the six-team conference tournament. The last time the Dutch advanced to postseason play was 2007.
Central faces Cornell College at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Vernon. The Rams are 5-11 overall with a 1-4 league mark going into Wednesday’s match against Wartburg.
“Cornell will be a tough game,” Kobylinski said. “They’ll challenge our heart and character but I think this team will step up and play.”