34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
ST. LOUIS, MO.-The Central College women’s soccer team was bested by No. 4 Washington-St. Louis 5-0 on Sunday.
The Bears (4-0) started the scoring on a two-assist goal less than six minutes into the game. The Washington-St. Louis forward slotted the ball into the corner of the goal after a through ball was played on. The Bears added to the lead in the 19th minute with an unassisted goal from 30 yards out.
Washington-St. Louis led 2-0 at the intermission.
In the first-period, Washington-St. Louis led in shots (13-1) and shots on goal (7-1), but the Dutch led in corner kicks (2-1). Central did not commit a foul and was not whistled offside.
“The stat that I am most happy with is first-period corner kicks,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “It was most reflective of how we played. We need to take the small positives and keep building.”
Midfielder Anissa Stanitzek (freshman, Grand Rapids, Mich., Coopersville HS) recorded the Dutch shot on goal. Goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) made five first-period saves.
Washington-St. Louis scored two goals in a four-minute span early in the second period to put the game out of reach. The Bears added another goal on a header off of a corner kick in the 77th minute.
“Washington-St. Louis was the 2009 national runner-up and they were that for a reason,” said Kobylinski. “That is probably the best team we will see all year. In one of the preseason rankings they were No. 1. They are well coached and a very good team. It was tough, but we learned a lot of good things. We are pleased as a team and as a staff to have played these teams this weekend.”
Washington-St. Louis dominated the stat sheet with a 28-1 shots advantage, 13-1 shots on goal advantage and 5-2 corner kicks advantage.
Kobylinski noted positive contributions by midfielders Stanitzek, Kayla Sunvold (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Emily Saville (junior, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar), as well as forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS).
“I was pleased with Anissa’s work rate,” Kobylinski said. “We moved Kayla to outside back and she performed very well in that role. Alayna’s work up top was great and our back line worked really hard. Emily played phenomenal soccer. She showed that she was one of the best players on the field today.
“Our first five games were away, which is tough to do. It is a good thing to keep our focus forward. Being 2-2 after these two weekends is pretty good. Grinnell is an improved team and will be a challenge, but we are excited to come back to the area.”
The Dutch (2-2) return to the pitch at Grinnell on Wednesday. Last season, Central defeated the Pioneers 2-1 in Pella behind two Bailey first-period goals.