34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
PELLA — After losing to Millikin (Ill.) last year, the Central College women’s soccer team was ready to take on the challenge and an early first-half push gave the Dutch the edge with a 3-1 win on Friday.
All three goals came in the first period, and a light wind gave the Dutch and advantage. Central outshot the Big Blue 4-3 in the first half but was outshot 7-0 after intermission.
“The first half was good,” said coach Mike Kobylinski. “We had the wind with us and we found out what happens when we don’t in the second half.”
He cited Nancy Huddleston (senior, Muscatine) for an exceptional effort. Taking a shot on goal, Huddleston kicked the ball off an opponent’s foot, resulting in an own goal.
“Nancy did exactly what she was asked,” Kobylinski said. “She came in and made a difference. I am very pleased with how she played.”
Central forward Alayna Bailey (junior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) scored in the 10th minute with an assist from Emily Saville (sophomore, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS). Less than 2 minutes later, Bailey scored her fourth goal of the season with the help of midfielder Liz Clancy (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS). It was Clancy’s second assist this year. Goalkeeper Steph Hasken (senior, Davenport, West HS) had four saves.
“What I like about this team is that we weather the storm. We take what was given to us and better it,” said Kobylinski. “I love that we were able to get a lot of different people contributing to the win.”
The Dutch take on Hamline (Minn.) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field.