45-23-9 (.643) mark over past four seasons
DUBUQUE—Despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Loras College Wednesday in the Iowa Conference women’s soccer semifinal, coach Mike Kobylinksi was proud of the squad’s efforts and praised the season.
“I am very happy with the season,” he said. “This was a good game. The ladies were up for the match, and we stayed with them the entire match.”
The top-seeded Duhawks struck quickly, scoring goals in the 3rd and 16th minutes. Central trailed Loras 20-9 in shots and 11-4 in shots on goal, but held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. The Duhawks also handed the fourth-seeded Dutch a 2-0 loss earlier in the season.
“It was a lot like the last time we played against Loras,” Kobylinski said. “They scored two quick ones on us, almost back-to-back. And then in the second half we matched up against them really well. We definitely had times where we could have scored.”
Midfielder Emily Saville (sophomore, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS) led the Dutch with four shots, including two on goal. She narrowly missed the net once and hit the post twice.
"Emily played lights-out tonight,” said Kobylinski. “She played really well in the middle and up top. She had a fantastic game.”
Forward Alayna Bailey (junior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) had two shots and one on goal. Bailey scored 15 goals on the season, placing her third on the all-time leaderboard. Forward Brittany Hinton (sophomore, Davenport, West HS) and midfielders Liz Clancy (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) and Molly Potts (junior, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS) each took one shot.
Goalkeeper Steph Hasken (senior, Davenport, West HS) tallied nine saves, keeping the Dutch within reach during the final half. She racked up 109 saves on the season and 244 in her career.
“Steph had some great saves,” Kobylinski said. “She allowed us to stay in the game.”
Kobylinski highlighted Hinton and midfielder Gabbi Muse (sophomore, Waukee).
“It’s always hard to pick just a few people that did well because this really is a team effort,” he said. “That has been a theme all year. They have all been great to coach. I’m so proud of them.”
The Dutch finish the season 12-6-2 overall tying the record for most wins in a season. Central was 12-8 in 1999. The squad also set a team record of most consecutive wins in a season with six. The previous record of a five-game win streak was set in 2005 and 2007.
The Duhawks improved to 16-4 and advance to the tournament final Saturday. Loras hosts the winner of Dubuque and Wartburg.
Although the season ended, Kobylinski couldn’t be happier for the three graduating seniors—Hasken, Clancy and forward Nancy Huddleston (senior, Muscatine).
“They were great leaders,” he said. “They carried on the growing tradition and left a great mark in the Central women’s soccer team history.”