151-102-14 (.592) record since 2001
DUBUQUE—Central College goalkeeper David Ziemann (senior, Van Meter) posted a career-best eight saves but the Dutch struggled to keep pace with the 14th-ranked Loras College offense, suffering a season-ending 2-0 defeat Wednesday in the Iowa Conference men’s soccer tournament semifinal.
The Duhawks (15-2-3) punched through the Dutch defense in the 35th minute for the go-ahead score and added a second goal in the 79th minute.
“Loras is a very good team that will most likely make a deep run in the national tournament and challenge for a title,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “In the end we were undone by a couple of goals of good skill and high quality on their part.”
Ziemann faced 26 shots, the most of any opponent this season.
“David saved his best college game for the last game,” Laidlaw said. “He kept us in it at 1-0 for a long time. He was absolutely brilliant in goal.”
Both teams had five corner kicks. Central recorded 14 shots, including five from midfielder Jonathan Schroeder (senior, St. Charles, Ill., North HS).
“I thought we defended a strong team very well and competed very well for the most part,” Laidlaw said. “In the first 15 minutes we struggled to adjust to the conditions on the pitch--the rain, wind and turf--but we came into the game well. I have no issue with the result based on the balance of play.”
The Dutch close out their season with a 10-8-1 record. The squad loses Ziemann and Schroeder to graduation along with defender Garrett Fooshee (Derby, Kan.), midfielder Leland Schipper (Ankeny), defender Erik Johnson (Mankato, Minn., East HS) and midfielder K.J. McQuerrey (West Des Moines, Valley HS).
“We’re extremely grateful for their contributions over the last four years,” Laidlaw said. “We put faith in them to lead the team the last couple of games and they fought hard. I’ll remember the first-round game for a long time. They raised their standard of play and their teammates’ standard of play and ultimately that’s all you can ask of your seniors and leaders.”
Meanwhile a talented and deep bench holds promise for the future.
“We’ve said all year that the level of play doesn’t drop after the upperclassmen,” Laidlaw said. “We’ve got a lot to look forward to.”