45-23-9 (.643) mark over past four seasons
WAVERLY—The Central College women’s soccer team trailed early and suffered a 3-0 road loss Friday night to Wartburg College.
The Knights (11-3-2 overall, 5-1 conference) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute but didn’t score again until second half, adding two more tallies in the 49th and 84th minutes.
Goalkeeper Steph Hasken (senior, Davenport, West HS) fended off the Wartburg attack, notching a season-high 12 saves.
“Steph had another great game,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “She proved to be one of the best keepers in the Iowa Conference tonight.”
Wartburg outshot the Dutch 21-6 and held a 15-2 shots on goal advantage. The Knights also led the corner kick battle, 9-0.
“Credit Wartburg,” Kobylinski said. “They have a lot of team speed and Tiffany does a great job.”
Kobylinski said the Dutch (11-5-1 overall, 3-2-1 conference) battled.
“We played them tough,” he said. “We kept our assignments and had good passing and some chances, including a ball that hit the post, late in the second half.
Kobylinski also highlighted midfielder Molly Potts (junior, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS).
“Molly had the first half of her life,” he said. “She was specifically assigned one of Wartburg’s better players and she played lights out.”
Central closes regular-season play Tuesday, hosting Coe College at 1 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field. The Kohawks are 7-8-1 overall with a 1-4 league mark going into Saturday’s game against Luther College.
“Coe’s better this year, as is every team in the conference, but if we play like we did tonight we’ll be OK.”
The Dutch have already secured a spot in the six-team Iowa Conference tournament, which begins Oct. 26. Draws have not yet been determined. It’s the team’s second straight tournament appearance and seventh overall since the program’s inception in 1995.