142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA — Scoring his first career goal, senior defender Gary Sorich (Downer’s Grive, Ill., Lemont HS) helped spark a 3-1 Central College men’s soccer team win against Buena Vista University Saturday.
After Brandon Bautista (senior, St. Charles, Ill., North HS) ran a penetrating drive into the box in the 28th minute, he was clipped from behind, resulting in a penalty. Sorich scored the resulting penalty kick.
“I am very happy for Gary as he scored his first goal near the end of his senior year,” said coach Gary Laidlaw. “I can’t think of a more deserving player.”
The Dutch (5-8-1 overall, 2-3-0 conference) dominated the shot totals, outshooting Buena Vista 23-4 overall and 9-1 on goal. In the 12th minute, midfielder Daniel Peacock (junior, Ankeny) assisted Matt Woodcock (senior, West Des Moines, Valley HS) for the Dutch’s first goal. Woodcock, who has five goals for the season, took four shots and one on goal. After holding a 2-0 lead at the half, the squad fired nine shots in second half. Defender Aleksander Glavas (sophomore, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) sealed the win with a goal off a corner kick, his second score of the year.
Still, Laidlaw was not happy with Central’s performance against the Beavers (5-8-1 overall, 0-5-0 conference), and with only two Iowa Conference games left, he expects results quickly.
“The only positive that came out of the game was the three points,” he said. “We are not playing well right now, and we need to get better in a hurry. The guys know we can do it.”
The Dutch have little time to recover. Central travels to Lincoln, Neb. to face Nebraska Wesleyan (6-5-1 overall) at 3 p.m. Sunday. In last year’s matchup, Central defeated the Prairie Wolves 2-0.