142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
MOUNT VERNON—Central College was clicking offensively as the men’s soccer team clinched a spot in the Iowa Conference tournament with a 2-0 shutout over Cornell College Saturday.
Midfielder Daniel Peacock (sophomore, Ankeny) put the Dutch on the scoreboard in the first half, scoring his first season goal in the 18th minute.
“Peacock scored a terrific goal,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “He ran with the ball 40-50 yards and finished it calmly. It’s nice to see him get a goal as he does so many things well for our team.”
Midfielder Jonathan Schroeder (senior, St. Charles, Ill., North HS) notched his seventh season goal off an assist from defender Erik Johnson (senior, Mankato, Minn., East HS) in the 63rd minute.
“It’s good to see Jonathan get back on the scoreboard,” Laidlaw said. “He hit a diagonal ball near the edge of the box to catch the keeper coming out of the box.”
Goalkeeper David Ziemann (senior, Van Meter) made three saves in 81 minutes. Sophomore Travis Yets (Bettendorf) played the remainder of the match in the frame.
Central, scoreless in its previous two outings, held an 11-1 corner kick advantage and outshot the Rams (1-16 overall, 0-7 conference) 23-3.
“Our defense has played really well the last few games,” Laidlaw said. “We’re very happy with that aspect of the game heading into the end of the season.”
The win guarantees the Dutch a spot in the six-team league tournament beginning Oct. 29. It’s the 10th consecutive year Central (9-6-1 overall, 3-3-1 conference) has advanced to the tournament.
Before starting tournament play, the Dutch finish regular season play Wednesday, hosting the Univ. of Dubuque (11-5-1 overall, 4-3 conference) at 3 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field. Central holds an 8-2-1 lead in the all-time series.
“There are many similarities between the two teams,” Laidlaw said. “They have some dangerous players. It will be a well-played soccer match.”