45-23-9 (.643) mark over past four seasons
PELLA—A heavy shot advantage didn’t translate into any game-winning goals as the Central College women’s soccer team settled for a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Coe College in Iowa Conference action Tuesday.
Central (11-5-2 overall, 3-2-2 conference) outshot Coe (7-9-2 overall, 1-5-1 conference) 29-10, including a 10-3 shots on goal advantage and an 8-2 edge in extra minutes.
“We took it to them in the overtime periods but we missed a couple of sitters and we hit the crossbar on one,” coach Mike Kobylinski said.
Defender Hannah Davy (junior, Cottage Grove, Minn. Park HS) led a last-minute charge with two shots.
“Hannah played a heck of a game and it would have been nice if she could have finished, but she was in a position she wasn’t used to,” Kobylinski said.
Coe struck first in the 14th minute when the offense had a chance to organize after a Central handball. Sarah Fathallah, the squad’s leading scorer, punched the ball in off a serve from the right flank.
“We talked about marking No. 8 (Fathallah) and not giving up set pieces,” Kobylinski said. “We didn’t mark No. 8 and we gave up a set piece for the goal. But sometimes that happens in soccer and I was happy with how we regrouped.”
The Dutch evened the scoreline in the 73rd minute. Defender Liz Daniels (sophomore, Oconomowoc, Wis.) switched to the midfield and lofted the ball into the back of the net from 40 yards out, firing against the wind.
“Liz had a nice strike shot from distance,” Kobylinski said. “We talked at halftime about putting her head down and driving the ball and that’s exactly what she did. Credit to Coach Gannon for the idea to put Liz in the midfield.”
Goalkeeper Steph Hasken (senior, Davenport, West HS) played 110 minutes and had two saves.
Kobylinski highlighted forward Brittany Hinton (sophomore, Davenport, West HS).
“Brittany played some nice through balls and it’s a shame we didn’t get on the end of a couple of them,” he said.
The tie wraps up the regular season, but the Dutch have already clinched a spot in the six-team league tournament.
“We’re happy to qualify for the tournament,” Kobylinski said. “It’s a credit to the hard work of the players. We’ll go back to the drawing board to prepare and figure out how to be more clinical in the final third of the pitch.”
Draws have not yet been determined. First-round games will be played Friday or Saturday. Central, which will make its second straight tourney appearance, will likely receive the fourth seed and play host to either Simpson College or Luther College.