45-23-9 (.643) mark over past four seasons
PELLA — For more than 80 minutes, the Central College women’s soccer team was dominant everywhere but the scoreboard.
But a late three-goal flurry gave the Dutch (4-2) a little extra cushion in a 4-0 triumph over Westminster College (Mo.) Friday.
Central peppered the Blue Jay defense, racking up a 41-1 shot advantage. But the Dutch didn’t find the net until forward Nancy Huddleston (senior, Muscatine) scored her first goal of the season off a pass from midfielder Gabbi Muse (sophomore, Waukee) in the 43rd minute.
While the ball remained pinned in the Westminster end of the field most of the way, the Dutch didn’t score again for another 41 minutes.
“We talked to them at halftime about just coming out and putting our chances away,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “We tried a couple of formation changes to spark us and those ended up working for us.”
Kobylinski sent additional pressure at the top of the Dutch attack and finally forward Alayna Bailey (junior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) made a long run following a Muse pass and notched her team-high seventh goal of the season in the 84th minute. Midfielder Emily Saville (sophomore, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS) followed 3 minutes later with her first career goal, with an assist from midfielder Molly Potts (junior, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS). Less than 2 minutes later midfielder Alyssa Fuller (junior, Marshalltown) tallied her first goal of the season.
“We’re getting different players contributing in different ways and that’s what we’ve talked about all year,” Kobylinski said. “We’re starting to see that.”
It was a quiet afternoon for Dutch goalkeeper Steph Hasken (senior, Davenport, West HS), who needed just one save to post her third shutout of the year.
“The defense is doing a great job,” Kobylinski said. “I was really pleased with how the leaders on the team took over and got the team going in a positive direction.”
Kobylinski made liberal use of the Dutch bench as 19 players saw action. That should prove beneficial Saturday when Central comes right back with a 3 p.m. game at the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb. Last year Central defeated the Flames for the first time in three tries, getting a 3-1 victory at Pella. St. Mary is 2-5 in 2012. It’s the middle of a stretch which sees Central play five games in nine days to wrap up the pre-Iowa Conference schedule.