22-13-3 (.618) mark over past two seasons
PELLA — The Central College women’s soccer team concluded its regular season schedule Wednesday, playing the University of Dubuque to a 2-2 double overtime draw at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field.
The first half was promising for the Dutch, as they held a 2-0 lead at the break. The first goal came in the 23rd minute when freshman Brittany Hinton (Davenport, West HS) took an assist from fellow forward Alayna Bailey (sophomore, Des Moines, Hoover HS) and found the back of the net.
Central’s final point of the game came in the 28thminute on a Dubuque own goal.
“The first half was our best half of the year,” said coach Mike Kobylinksi. “We passed well and we finished on our opportunities.”
The tides changed in the second half, as the Spartans evened the score with goals in the 67thand 84thminutes. Playing with only 10 players after a 79thminute red card, Central traded shots with the Spartans in the extra periods, but neither team found an advantage.
Dubuque (9-7-1, 4-3-1 Iowa Conference) dominated the shooting battle, outpacing Central 21-10 on the match, including a 13-3 second period.
Steph Hasken (junior, Davenport, West HS) played 110 minutes in goal and made seven saves.
Central plays again Saturday in the six-team Iowa Conference tournament. Tournament draws have not been determined. It is Central’s first league tournament appearance since 2007.
“I’m happy to have our women playing well heading into the conference tournament,” said Kobylinski.
Central finishes its regular season campaign with a 10-6-1 overall record, the third-highest season win total in program history, and a 3-4-1 conference record. The Dutch recorded more victories than the last three seasons combined.