142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA—Central College trailed the University of Dubuque Saturday and couldn’t catch up, suffering a 2-0 Iowa Conference men’s soccer setback.
Dubuque (8-2 overall, 2-0 conference) found the back of the net in the 42nd and 73rd minutes. The Spartans outshot Central 17-12 on the match.
“Dubuque has a good side,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “They’re fast and they’re physical. They were on top of us the first 20 minutes but I thought our players showed great fight and spirit and battled back into the game.
“I’m pleased that we never gave up and played right to the final whistle. You need to have those intangibles in a team that’s going to succeed down the road.”
Central forward Jordan Appenzeller (senior, Boone) led the Dutch with four shots. Midfielder Brandon Bautista (senior, St. Charles, Ill., North HS) had three. The Dutch had only three shots on goal.
“The close ones just aren’t falling for us right now,” Laidlaw said. “And clearly we're not hitting the frame when we are getting in position.”
Goalkeeper Travis Yets (junior, Bettendorf) played 90 minutes and made five saves.
Both teams combined for 28 fouls, setting a school record for the Dutch.
“It was a typical Iowa Conference game between two good teams,” Laidlaw said. “I thought the game could have gone either way today, but credit Dubuque for scoring two very nice goals.”
Central (3-6-1 overall, 1-1 conference) hosts Monmouth College (Ill.) Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field. The Fighting Scots are 3-6-1.