142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA— Despite a 13-9 shot advantage, the Central College men’s soccer team fell 2-0 to No. 18 Washington University-St. Louis (Mo.) Tuesday in Pella.
Central held a 10-5 shot advantage in the first half but Washington, a perennial NCAA Division III tournament participant, opened the scoring in the second half. The Bears (3-0-1) found the back of the net at 58 minutes, four seconds, and then iced the victory with a second goal at 71:44.
“There was an error on the first goal that we learned from, but lessons are difficult in games like this where one goal can often make the difference,” coach Garry Laidlaw said.
Goalkeeper Travis Yets (junior, Bettendorf) played the full 90 minutes and made two saves. Defender Aleksandar Glavas (Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) and forward Jordan Appenzeller (senior, Boone) led the Central attack with three shots apiece.
“We’ve scored a lot of goals this year and credit to Washington for being a solid defensive team,” Laidlaw said. “They’re a great squad and a great program and they play the game the way it should be played. It was a challenge today and we stood up to it.”
The Dutch (2-3-1) meet Elmhurst College (Ill.) Sunday at noon in their final tune-up before starting Iowa Conference play. The Blue Jays are 2-2 and topped Central, 1-0, in the teams’ first meeting last year.
“For us it’s all about getting ready for the conference season and we know that we’re playing some of the best teams to do that.”