142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA—Five different players found the back of the net as the Central College men’s soccer team blanked Monmouth College (Ill.) 5-0 Tuesday afternoon.
Midfielder Dillon Thornbury (junior, Memphis, Tenn., Collierville HS) put the Dutch on the board with his first goal of the season in the 33 minute, finding a pass from forward Ralph Palmeri (senior, St. Charles, Ill., Marmion Academy).
The Dutch carried the 1-0 lead into halftime and broke the game open with back-to-back goals in the 56th minute. Forward Jordan Appenzeller (senior, Boone) punched a ball between the posts and less than 40 seconds later midfielder Matt Woodcock (senior, West Des Moines, Valley HS) netted a ball for a third tally. Defender Aleksandar Glavas (so., Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) added another goal in the 60th minute and forward Nick Hauenstein (sophomore, Nevada) scored the final goal in the 83rd minute.
“The first half was a little bit more of what we’ve been struggling with—creating chances, getting shots and just not hitting the target,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “We talked at halftime about the need to hit the frame and I thought we did a much better job of that in the second half. It’s nice to bang a few goals in for once.”
Central dominated the shooting battle, outpacing the Fighting Scots 24-3. The Dutch had an 11-0 advantage in the first half and had 10 shots on goal for the match to Monmouth’s 1.
“Not only did we defend well but we passed and possessed the ball well and didn’t give Monmouth (3-7-1) a lot of looks with the ball,” Laidlaw said. “I thought we just played solid all-around and had a more complete performance than what we’ve been getting.”
Palmeri and midfielder Brandon Bautista (senior, St. Charles, Ill., North HS) closed the day with two assists while midfielder Serge Sievertson (sophomore, Wilmette, Ill., New Trier Township HS) had one. At goalkeeper, Travis Yets (junior, Bettendorf) played 62 minutes and Connor Ginder (freshman, Medford, Ore., North Medford HS) played the remainder of the game, making one save.
Central, which improved to 4-6-1 overall, has three shutouts this year. It’s the second time the squad has racked up five goals.
The Dutch return to Iowa Conference action Saturday, facing Loras College at 3:30 p.m. in Dubuque. The No. 5-ranked Duhawks are 11-1-1 overall with a 2-0 league mark.