133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
BLOOMINGTON, ILL.-The Central College men’s soccer team was edged by Illinois Wesleyan 1-0 on Sunday evening.
The two teams battled even for nearly the entire first period, but the Titans (2-1-1) snuck one past the goalkeeper in the 44th minute and it proved to be the difference.
“It was a typical second game of back-to-backs,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “It was not a great game from a technical standpoint, nor was it a very entertaining game for the neutral. The weather and conditions were the same for both teams, but it did not make for a great match.
“The major disappointment comes in the fact that we gave up a goal so late in the first half. If we could have seen out the first half at 0-0, we would have been in a better frame of mind heading into the second.”
Goalkeeper Tim Maggard (senior, Los Angeles, Calif., South Torrance HS) made two saves in the first period.
The Dutch inserted Josh Carpenter (freshman, Chelsea, Ala.) in goal to start the second period. Carpenter made three saves in a scoreless frame, but Central was unable to find the equalizer.
“Josh did very well,” Laidlaw said. “He has a very promising future. He has some great goal kicks and punts, which we tried to capitalize on in the second half. It was a tactical switch. Tim was very good in the first half. We have the most depth we have ever had at the goalkeeper position and we are confident in all our keepers."
Forward Aleksandar Glavas (junior, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) led the Dutch attack with three shots, two on goal. Midfielder Adelmo Marchiori IV (freshman, Carlinville, Ill.) was the only Dutch player to log 90 minutes played.
“Adelmo is rock solid in the back,” said Laidlaw. “We are generally pleased with the play of our backs. We have areas we need to improve, but we are pretty happy with our defense.”
Illinois Wesleyan held a significant advantage in shots (18-9), but was not as distant in shots on goal (6-4). The Titans held a 5-2 corner kicks advantage, as well.
“Unlike yesterday, we failed to capitalize on the few chances that we had,” Laidlaw said. “They headed one off their own bar and we had one breakaway that we just missed and in close, hard-fought games, those things make the difference.
“We still feel like we are finding ourselves as a team, in a good way. We have to continue doing a better job of keeping the ball in the other team’s half. We are starting to like our shape a bit better and figure out our roles and responsibilities on the pitch."
Central (2-2) returns home versus Grand View (4-0) on Friday. Game time is set for 5 p.m. on A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field.