142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
INDIANOLA—Scoring the game-winning goal off a free kick, Simpson College edged the Central College men’s soccer team 1-0 Wednesday night.
The Storm (8-8-1 overall, 5-2 conference) notched the goal in the 54th minute after a Central foul near the top of the box.
“This one is a real head-scratcher,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “We had control of the ball most of the game. But we gifted them a free kick and didn’t defend the shot. Simpson soaked up a lot of pressure at the end and we couldn’t find the equalizer.”
Simpson outshot the Dutch 12-9. Each team had one corner kick.
“We passed the ball around them quite well but we couldn’t break them down,” Laidlaw said. “We didn’t create enough quality chances.”
Freshmen Aleksander Glavas (defender, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) and Serge Sievertson (midfielder, Wilmette, Ill., New Trier Township HS) led the Dutch attack with two shots apiece. Goalkeeper David Ziemann (senior, Van Meter) made three saves.
Central has been held scoreless its last two outings.
“We’re struggling at the difference-making end of the pitch,” Laidlaw said. “That’s been the theme on and off all season. It also makes it tough at the other end of the pitch. Mistakes get amplified, which was evident tonight. One mistake was the difference in the game.”
The Dutch (8-6-1 overall, 2-3-1 conference) take on Cornell College (1-15 overall, 0-6 conference) Saturday at 1 p.m. in Mount Vernon. Central erupted for 10 goals in a shutout against the Rams last season. The Dutch hold a 9-5 advantage in the all-time series.
“Cornell seems to be struggling but we’re struggling as well,” Laidlaw said. “We’ve got to find a way to put the ball in the net.”