147-89-14 (.616) record since 2001
WAVERLY—After a tough start, the Central College men’s soccer team made a second-half push for a win against Wartburg College but came up short, suffering a 2-0 loss Friday.
“We started slow in the first 15 minutes,” said coach Garry Laidlaw. “We were chasing them around and weren’t organized as they scored on us early. The last 25 minutes we played really well, but we couldn’t get that equalizer.
“We started the second half as we finished the first,” he said. “We carried the game and put them under pressure. They scored on us in a counter-attack late in the game as we took some risks.”
The Knights (7-6-2 overall, 3-2-1 conference) and the Dutch were nearly even in shots, with Wartburg outshooting Central 13-11. Wartburg took four more shots on goal, topping the Dutch 9-5.
Senior Brandon Bautista (St. Charles, Ill., North HS) had four shots, including one on goal. Midfielder Matt Woodcock (senior, West Des Moines, Valley HS) had two shots and two on goal. Defenders Aleksander Glavas (sophomore, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) and Dennis Forrest (sophomore, Danville, Ill.) took two shots each and midfielder Daniel Peacock (junior, Ankeny) had one.
“Daniel (Peacock) had a good game in center midfield,” Laidlaw said. “All of our backs did a job taking on a fast, technical front line.”
Goalkeeper Travis Yets (junior, Bettendorf) stopped seven shots from the Wartburg offense.
“Travis had yet another strong game in goal,” said Laidlaw.
“All in all, we played well,” he said. “We had the same problems as we have had in past games. We just couldn’t put it away when we had the chances.”
Central (6-9-2 overall, 2-4-0 conference) finishes Iowa Conference play and the regular season Tuesday, taking on Coe College (5-10-1 overall, 2-3-0 conference) at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field at 3:30 p.m. Against the Kohawks last year, the Dutch captured a 2-1 victory.