142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
INDIANOLA—Senior midfielder Jonathan Schroeder (St. Charles, Ill., North HS) erupted for three straight goals in 35 minutes as the Central College men’s soccer team blanked Simpson College 5-0 in the opening round of the Iowa Conference tournament Saturday.
The win avenges an earlier loss to the Storm and advances the Dutch to the tournament semifinals Wednesday against Loras College. It’s the first time Central has beaten Simpson in the league tournament.
Schroeder grabbed an early lead, scoring unassisted in the fifth minute. He connected with a Leland Schipper (senior, midfielder, Ankeny) assist for a second tally in the 10th minute and tacked on a third score, his 10th season goal, unassisted in the 38th minute.
“Jon had one of the best halves of soccer I’ve ever seen in our program,” coach Garry Laidlaw said.
Schipper continued the scoring frenzy in the second half, notching his second season goal off an assist from defender Erik Johnson (senior, Mankato, Minn., East) in the 67th minute. Forward Jordan Appenzeller (junior, Boone) scored the final goal in the 80th minute from a Dillon Thornbury (sophomore, midfielder, Collierville, Tenn.) assist.
Central, struggling to finish its scoring opportunities throughout the season, was clicking on all cylinders offensively.
“We came with the aim of having an attacking mentality,” Laidlaw said. “Our passing and movement was better than it has been in a long time and we were creating chances. More importantly, we were finishing those chances. It all came together quite nicely and is one of the most complete performances of the season.”
The Dutch (10-7-1) outshot Simpson 18-15 and held the Storm (8-10-1) to six shots on goal. David Ziemann (senior, Van Meter) made six saves at goalkeeper.
Laidlaw was pleased to see the seniors rise to the challenge.
“We asked our seniors to lead and that’s exactly what they did,” Laidlaw said. “They played outstanding and everyone else just followed suit.”
Central tackles No. 21 Loras (14-2-3) in Dubuque Wednesday. A start time is yet to be determined. Central battled the Duhawks to a 2-2 double overtime draw earlier this season at Dubuque.
“Loras is a great team that has probably already punched its ticket to the (NCAA Division III) national tournament,” Laidlaw said. “They're probably frustrated we tied before but at the same time we feel we didn’t play well. All we can ask is for our best team to show up and we’ll take our chances.”
Celebration photo courtesy of Simpson's sports information department.