34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
ST. PAUL, MINN.-The Central College women’s soccer team competed its opening weekend sweep with a 2-0 win over Northwestern-St. Paul on Saturday.
The Dutch offense was on the attack early, attempting 13 first-period shots, eight of which were on goal. Midfielder Emily Saville (junior, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS) was the first to break through the defense, scoring in the 36th minute to put Central on top. Despite a 10-shot advantage in the first period, the Dutch lead was only one goal at the half.
“It was a little different than yesterday,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “We had the majority of the shots, but we need to put the ball in the net. Their keeper made some great saves, which almost cost us. It was big for Emily to score that goal coming off the bench."
Central made a formation adjustment at halftime and it paid off quickly.
Forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) continued her hot start with a goal 13 minutes into the second half, her second of the season. The goal came after the Dutch moved senior Hannah Davy (Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS) up to the front line.
“Northwestern’s defense was tough in the first half,” said Kobylinski. “We switched up our formation a bit to push the offense and it worked.
“Alayna continues to do what she does, but we had five different scorers this weekend. When she is clicking and others are clicking, we are tough to stop. And we had two shutouts, which is a credit to our back line and our goalkeepers.”
Freshman Savana Robinson (Des Moines, Hoover HS) started between the pipes and saved two shots in 66 minutes and change. Classmate Sydney Lunardi (Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) completed the shutout with one save.
Kobylinski also noted the play of senior Julie Wunder (Muscatine) off the bench and junior Liz Daniels (Oconomowoc, Wis.).
“Julie came off the bench in the first half, started the second half and did some fantastic things,” Kobylinski said. “I was very happy with her effort and contributions today. Liz is a tough player and she led the defense today. Hannah (Davy) was flying around all game, too. It leads to great things for our team.”
Central dominated the stat sheet against Northwestern (1-1) with a 26-6 advantage in shots, 17-3 advantage in shots on goal and 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
“This team is about a total team effort, not just one or two players,” said Kobylinski. “It is about many women who play for the common goal of winning and supporting each other.
The Dutch (2-0) return to the pitch on Saturday at Webster (Mo.). Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Fenton, Mo.