133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
LINCOLN, NEB. — A 2-2 double-overtime draw with Nebraska Wesleyan Sunday left coach Garry Laidlaw feeling much better about his Central College men’s soccer team than he was 24 hours earlier.
The Dutch (5-8-2) were 3-1 winners over Buena Vista University at Pella Saturday, but Laidlaw said his young squad needed “to get better in a hurry.”
They did just that Sunday, despite not coming away with a victory.
“This was a much better performance,” Laidlaw said. “The focus was there, the concentration was there and the final ball—that penetrating ball—was there. We had 13 shots and eight were on target. We’ve had too many shot lines where we’ve had 13 shots and three on target. That’s not going to win a lot of games.”
After yielding a goal just before halftime, Central forward Nick Hauenstein (sophomore, Nevada) headed in a cross from midfielder Brandon Bautista (senior, St. Charles, Ill., North HS) to tie the score in the 70th minute. It was his third goal.
Nebraska Wesleyan needed just 5 minutes to move back on top but just 4 minutes later, Bautista got the equalizer on a breakaway following a perfectly timed pass from midfielder Daniel Peacock (junior, Ankeny) for his third goal.
“We had two beautiful goals in the run of play,” Laidlaw said. “If we can do that on a consistent basis, we can still do some great things this year.”
Central held a 13-12 shot advantage while Nebraska Wesleyan had a 9-8 edge in shots on goal. Dutch goalkeeper Travis Yets (junior, Bettendorf) made seven saves.
With two games in 24 hours, the Dutch were a little leg-weary in the overtime. Laidlaw cited Peacock, defender Nick Lutch (sophomore, South Elgin, Ill., St. Charles North HS) and defender Aleksandar Glavas (sophomore, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS), who were on the field most of the way both days.
“They played major minutes and were major contributors,” he said.
The Dutch will play their third game in four days Tuesday, when they return home for the season’s final non-conference game, taking on William Penn at 4 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field. A video webcast and live stats will be available through the Central athletics website at www.central.edu/athletics.
“We’ve been through that before,” Laidlaw said. “The good news is we may be starting to get healthy. We had a consistent back four for the first time all season. That continuity can make a big difference.
“We’ve told the players all year that we can be a dangerous team if we can put it all together.”