142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA—Two second-half goals lifted Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) past Central College in a 3-1 men’s soccer decision Tuesday.
The Dutch got their lone goal from midfielder Brandon Bautista (senior, St. Charles, Ill., North HS) in the 27th minute. Bautista netted the ball past a line of defenders after a foul was called near the top of the box.
Culver-Stockton (3-5) tied the score with a goal in the 43rd minute.
“We didn’t defend well after we scored,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “Conceding a goal with less than 2 minutes left in the half comes down to positioning and a lack of concentration. We let them back into the game.”
The Wildcats added two more tallies in the 57th and 90th minutes.
Central, playing without five of its top defensive players, outshot Culver-Stockton 21-15, but had just five shots on goal to the Wildcats’ 10.
“We had too many shots that didn’t hit the target,” Laidlaw said. “We need to be a little more accurate.”
Forward Jordan Appenzeller (senior, Boone) led the Central attack with six shots. Travis Yets (junior, Bettendorf) and Connor Ginder (freshman, Medford, Ore., North Medford HS) split halves as goalkeeper and made three saves apiece.
The Dutch (3-5-1) used five new starters in the lineup. The squad is recovering from some injuries and keeping its focus on Iowa Conference games.
“We’re cognizant of the fact we’ve got another important league game coming up,” Laidlaw said. “There are just some players we didn’t feel like it was worth risking this game.”
Central continues its four-game home stand Saturday, meeting the University of Dubuque (6-2 overall, 1-0 conference) in a 3 p.m. homecoming contest at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field.