22-13-3 (.618) mark over past two seasons
MOUNT VERNON — Things looked bad early on for the Central College women’s soccer team, but the Dutch rallied to a 2-1 victory over Cornell College Saturday and secured spot in the Iowa Conference tournament.
Central last appeared in the six-team league tournament in 2007. The Dutch have advanced to the tournament six times since the program’s inception in 1995.
The Rams (5-13, 1-6 conference) made an early statement, finding the back of the net just 17 seconds into the game.
“Cornell shocked us early,” said coach Mike Kobylinski. “After the first 10 minutes we calmed down and played our game.”
In the 13th minute, defender Liz Daniels (freshman, Oconomowoc, Wis.) took a corner kick from fellow defender Jackie Bell (freshman, Johnston, Dowling Catholic) to even the score.
The go-ahead goal in the tournament-qualifying win came in the 33rd minute from forward Sierra Kuhns (junior, Adel, ADM HS) from a Gabbi Muse (midfielder, freshman, Waukee) assist.
“I couldn’t be happier for Sierra,” said Kobylinski. “She has stuck with it all year and ended up scoring one of the most important goals of the season.
“To come back after being down early shows the same heart and character we’ve shown all year. It’s a credit to the players.”
The teams shot an even12-12 on the night while Steph Hasken (junior, Davenport, West HS) played all 90 minutes at goalkeeper and made five saves.
The Dutch (10-6, 3-4 conference) close out the regular season Wednesday when Dubuque (9-7, 4-3 conference) visits the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field for a 1 p.m. match. The Iowa Conference tournament begins Oct. 29. Matches have not been determined.