133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
DECORAH—Central College outlasted its competition to win the junior varsity Iowa Conference men’s soccer tournament title Oct. 23.
Central opened the tournament with a double overtime, shootout thriller against Loras College. Behind 1-0, forward Nick Hauenstein (freshman, Nevada) notched the game-tying goal in the second half. The squads were held scoreless through two overtime periods before Loras edged the Dutch 3-2 in a shootout.
In the second game, Central came from behind to post a 2-1 victory over the Univ. of Dubuque. The Dutch were down 1-0 before Hauenstein found of the back of the net to tie the score 1-1. Sophomore Kyle Maynard (midfielder, Santee, Calif., West Hills HS) knocked in the game-winner.
Receiving a point in the draw with Loras, Central tallied four points and advanced to the championship game against Wartburg College.
"All of the other teams lost and won but with our tie we had more points to move into the final,” assistant coach Miklos Kremser said.
Forward Nolan Chiles (freshman, Pella) scored in the sixth minute and the early attack paid off. Play was delayed in the second half because of a lightning storm and the game was eventually called, making Central the tournament winner with a 1-0 victory.
“They stopped the game and after 20 minutes when things weren’t looking up they called the tournament and said the scores would hold,” Kremser said. “It’s an extremely exciting way to end the season.”
Central’s determination was key to the squad’s success.
“The players were strong-willed and never gave up,” Kremser said. “When they were behind they kept their heads up and moved forward, which paid dividends in the end.”
Conditioning also made a difference.
“I thought we were in much better shape than many of the other schools,” Kremser said. “That many games in a row is taxing on the body but we lasted a lot longer.”
The Dutch compiled a 5-2 season record.
“It was a very good end to a good season,” Kremser said. “We became strong and cohesive throughout the season and instead of becoming good players the student-athletes became a good team.”