45-23-9 (.643) mark over past four seasons
LINCOLN, NEB.— Central College erupted for back-to-back goals in the first four minutes of the second half to blank Nebraska Wesleyan 2-0 in the season opener Friday at Lincoln, Neb.
Central forward Alayna Bailey (junior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) got the Dutch on board with an unassisted goal at the 47:29 mark.
“Nebraska Wesleyan (0-1) has a good keeper but she has a tendency to come off the line,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “At the half we talked about Alayna taking a touch around the keeper and making an easy pass into the back of the net and that’s exactly what she did.”
Less than a minute later, midfielder Molly Potts (junior, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS) scored off of a cross from Bailey and a tip from forward Brittany Hinton (sophomore, Davenport, West HS).
Central then held off an offensive push from the Prairie Wolves late in the second half. Goalkeeper Steph Hasken (senior, Davenport, West HS) had one save.
“Our defense played like madmen to keep the shutout and our backline was the best I’ve ever seen,” Kobylinski said. “They were phenomenal. And Steph played great, making every save she needed to make.”
Although Central outshot the Prairie Wolves 14-3, Kobylinski said the match was a back-and-forth battle.
“It was a wave of offense for both teams,” he said. “They started off and then we settled down and attacked 15-20 minutes into the first half. We came at them the start of the second half and scored and they pushed at the end.”
Kobylinski was impressed by the squad’s poise.
“It was a tough environment to open in and I couldn’t be happier with the team effort and how we weathered the storm,” he said. “It showed the character of this team.”
Central (1-0) meets St. Catherine (Minn.) in its home opener Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field. The Dutch were 6-1 losers in their last meeting with the Wildcats in 2010 at St. Paul, Minn.