133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
PELLA—Central College had just as many shots but the Univ. of Dubuque had control of the scoreline as the men’s soccer team was shut out 3-0 Wednesday.
It’s the last regular season match but Central has already secured a spot in the six-team Iowa Conference tournament beginning Saturday. The Dutch have appeared in the tournament 10 consecutive years, 11 overall.
Dubuque (12-5-1 overall, 5-3 conference) took an early lead scoring in the 24th minute and broke away in the second half, notching goals in the 59th and 80th minutes.
Central (9-7-1 overall, 3-4-1 conference) matched the Spartans with 19 shots and held a 4-2 corner kick advantage.
“There are so many even teams in the league and today is another example of that,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “We find ourselves having conceded three goals and losing a game that otherwise looked pretty even.”
Midfielder Brandon Bautista (junior, St. Charles, Ill., North HS) had four shots for the Dutch and forward Jordan Appenzeller (junior, Boone) had three. Goalkeeper David Ziemann (senior, Van Meter) made five saves and allowed two goals in 73 minutes while sophomore Travis Yets (Bettendorf) allowed one goal in 17 minutes.
“We’ve talked about where our issues are creating and finishing chances on the scoring end of the pitch,” Laidlaw said. “But we no longer have time to work on that, we’ve got to execute. It’s win or go home now.”
Pairings in the league tournament have yet to be determined.
“We don’t know who we’ll play and at this point it doesn’t matter to us,” Laidlaw said. “We have nothing to lose and we’re looking forward to starting with a clean slate.
“We know what we’ve got to do,” Laidlaw said. “It’s just a matter of going out there and doing it on the pitch."