22-13-3 (.618) mark over past two seasons
PELLA — Forward Alayna Bailey (junior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) continued her scoring rampage with two more goals and the Central College women’s soccer team notched a record-tying fifth straight victory 2-1 over Grinnell College Thursday.
Bailey got Central’s only scores in the 19th and 21st minutes, upping her season total to 12. It was her second straight two-goal outing and she’s scored eight goals in the past five games.
“I’m very pleased with how she finished her opportunities,” coach Mike Kobylinksi said.
Bailey moved into a tie for fifth place on the all-time school charts for most season goals and is seventh in career goals with 22, all in the past two seasons.
Defender Jackie Bell (sophomore, Johnston, Dowling Catholic HS) got the assist on the first goal and goalkeeper Steph Hasken (senior, Davenport, West HS) recorded the third assist of her career on the other.
Grinnell snuck in a score with just 17 seconds left in the first half, but the teams played a quiet second half as Central (7-2) hung on for the victory. The Dutch allowed just one shot in the second half and outshot Grinnell (1-5-1) 11-4 for the game.
Kobylinski was grateful for the early tallies as the Dutch were a bit leg-weary. They were playing their fifth game in nine days and had endured a lengthy road trip to Orange City Tuesday.
“Physically that’s not right for the body,” he said. “But good teams find a way to win.”
Kobylinski said the Central defensive effort was crucial.
“Hannah Davy (junior, Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS) in the back was phenomenal,” he said. “And for the second straight game, Steph Hasken made a great save that kept us in the game.”
It’s the third time in the program’s history that Central has won five games in a row, and the first time since 2007.
“We’re 7-2 and doing some positive things, but we talked to the players and they’re not satisfied with that,” Kobylinski said. “They want more.”
The opportunity for that starts Saturday as the Dutch open the Iowa Conference season with a women’s-men’s twinbill against Luther College. Game time is 2 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field. Live stats and a video webcast of both games will be available through the Central athletics website at www.central.edu/athletics.
The Norse are 4-3-1 and coming off a 5-0 shutout of St. Mary’s (Minn.) Wednesday. Luther goalkeeper Cydney Haaland won conference defensive player of the week honors after recording back-to-back shutouts against St. Thomas (Minn.) and Carleton (Minn.). The Norse were 1-0 winners over Central in Pella last year.
“We’re as ready as we can be, but Luther is very good,” Kobylinski said.