142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA-The Central College men’s soccer team rallied from a one-goal deficit on two occasions, but fell short in a 4-2 loss to Grand View on Friday night.
Grand View pressured early, sending a shot over the crossbar and forcing Dutch goalkeeper Tim Maggard (senior, Los Angeles, Calif., South Torrance HS) to make a save and leave the goal line on another play. After numerous defensive efforts, Maggard left the game due to injury was replaced by freshman Josh Carpenter (Chelsea, Ala.) in the 14th minute.
The Vikings (6-0) struck first with a goal on a header off of a corner kick at the 18-minute mark.
Central responded with an attack of its own, mustering two corner kicks in a 36-second span, but was unable to find the back of the net.
Grand View threatened again as the first period wore on, hitting the post with one shot and sending another less than one yard wide.
The Dutch missed another opportunity with 13 minutes remaining in the period as a free kick from the top of the Grand View box sailed high.
Grand View led 1-0 at the intermission.
The Vikings held a significant first-period advantage in shots (11-1) and corner kicks (5-2), but led by only two in shots on goal (2-0).
The second period began with a flurry of Grand View shots and corner kicks, but Carpenter made a diving save, the defense cleared and Central escaped unscathed.
The Dutch attack was quiet until forward Nick Hauenstein (junior, Nevada) slipped behind the Grand View back line in the 58th minute. Hauenstein collected a long ball, beat the goalkeeper’s challenge outside the box and looped a shot into the open net from the far left corner of the box. It was his first goal of the season.
The Vikings responded less than 10 minutes after a through ball beat the defense and the forward beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one.
Central wasted little time equalizing as defender Adelmo Marchiori IV (freshman, Carlinville, Ill.) scored on a diving header off of a set piece. Forward Aleksandar Glavas (junior, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) earned the assist with the free kick. It was his first goal of the season, as well.
“The two goals were fantastic,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “It was great to have Nick (Hauenstein) back in the fold and he made his presence felt right away. His finish on the goal was great, as was Adelmo’s header and Glavas’ free kick. Both goals were excellent.”
Grand View pulled ahead once again on a shot from the top of the box to the far post in the 78th minute. The Vikings added another goal with one minute to play for a 4-2 win.
“At 2-2, I thought we should have seen the game out a bit better,” said Laidlaw. “We have to be a little bit smarter and little more mature. Grand View is an NAIA school with scholarships and international players and we knew they would expose us in a way that we could take and learn from. We got a lot of things out of this game, aside from the final result.”
Grand View lead by a wide margin in shots (40-7), shots on goal (14-4) and corner kicks (12-3).
In addition to Maggard and Carpenter, freshman Austin Little (Des Moines, Lincoln HS) also saw time between the pipes for Central. Little tallied seven saves in less than 30 minutes of work.
“We have three goalies and we are confident in all of them,” Laidlaw said. “It was unfortunate that Tim had to leave early with an injury, but we intended to play all three tonight. He did well while he was in there. Josh and Austin did very well and had two or three point-blank saves that kept us alive.
“We did well to score two goals on a team of that caliber, but our expectations are higher. I am disappointed in the result, but it is another great growth experience for our team.”
Central (2-3) travels to Rock Island, Ill. for a Sunday afternoon contest at Augustana (2-0-1) at 1 p.m. The Dutch lead the all-time series 5-3, including a 5-2 win over the Vikings in Pella last season.