34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
INDIANOLA—After battling its way into the Iowa Conference tournament, the Central College women’s soccer team saw its storybook season come to a close Saturday.
Third-seeded Simpson College overwhelmed the sixth-seeded Dutch for the second time in 10 days, defeating Central 2-0 in the opening round of the league tournament.
Simpson (13-5-2) was held scoreless in the first half but broke through in the 61st minute and added a second tally in the 86th minute.
“It was similar to the last time we played Simpson,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “The players fought to the end, like they have all season, but in the end Simpson was a little too much.”
Goalkeeper Steph Haken (junior, Davenport, West HS) made nine saves.
“Steph had her best game of the year,” Kobylinski said. “She’s really improved this season and made some great saves to keep us in the game.”
The Storm outshot Central 20-5 and held an 11-0 advantage in corner kicks.
“A loss is always disappointing,” Kobylinski said. “But the players gave everything they could give and that’s all you can ask for as a coach. It’s nothing to hang their head about. This year has been a huge success.”
The Dutch finish the season with a 10-7-1 overall record, the third-best mark in program history. Central won more games than the last three years combined and advanced to the conference tournament for the first time since 2007. The Dutch also broke five team records and tied an individual mark. Central recorded five come-from-behind victories.
The squad loses four seasons to graduation—goalkeeper Abby Norman (Geneseo, Ill.), forward Kristi Klatt (Cedar Falls) and defenders Alex Kleis (Pella) and Lacey Merfeld (Peosta, Dubuque Hempstead HS).
“The seniors gave so much to the program and stuck with the program in its lean years,” Kobylinski said. “They put forth great effort and get to end their careers with a winning record.”