54-29-11 (.633) mark over past five seasons
PELLA-The Central College women’s soccer team, powered by Alayna Bailey’s (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) hat trick, blanked Maranatha Baptist 8-0 on Saturday afternoon.
It took until the second period for Central to score, but then the goals came in bunches. Bailey scored three goals in a span of 11 minutes and 11 seconds and the Dutch never looked back.
Central pressured the Crusaders (2-2) early as forward Bailey made multiple offensive runs in the initial 10 minutes, including a shot that hit the far post in the 11th minute, but was unable to break through. The Dutch continued to force the issue on offense, generating 15 shots and five shots on goal in the first period, but the Crusaders defense held strong and the two teams were scoreless at the intermission.
The Dutch led in first-period shots (15-2), shots on goal (5-1) and corner kicks (1-0). Bailey led the Central attack with five shots, three of which were on goal.
Central continued to pressure early in the second period, attempting three shots in the first minute of play. The pressure proved to be too much, as Central scored three goals in a four-minute and seven-second span.
Forward Brittany Hinton (junior, Davenport, West HS) broke through first with a goal in the 48th minute. Hinton collected a loose ball in the box and put the ball in the back of the net. Exactly three minutes later, Bailey received a pass from Gabbi Muse (junior, Waukee) and struck a shot from the top of the box to the far post for a 2-0 lead. Bailey added another goal a little more than one minute later on an unassisted drive up the right side.
Bailey completed her hat trick 10 minutes later after a run and cross by midfielder Emily Saville (junior, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS).
“Brittany started the scoring, which turned our play around,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “I was happy to see her break through. The scoring was good for Alayna. She struggled to score in the first half and I think the goals helped her confidence. I was happy for her and pleased with her leadership today.”
Midfielder Jackie Bell (junior, Johnston, Dowling Catholic HS) added to the Dutch lead in the 67th minute on a shot from the corner of the box. Midfielder Alyssa Fuller (senior, Marshalltown) was credited with the assist. Kobylinski also credited the play of Fuller and midfielder Julie Wunder (senior, Muscatine) for the second-period turnaround.
“Jackie had a great right-footed finish,” said Kobylinski. “She is such a team player. I was proud of her effort and happy to see her score. Alyssa and Julie played really well off the bench today. It was nice to see Alyssa score and Julie provided a nice sparkplug for us.”
Midfielder Jordan Plante (freshman, Urbana, Center Point-Urbana HS) pushed the lead to six goals on a chip over the goalkeeper’s head in the 75th minute. Midfielder Emily Benson (junior, Urbandale) assisted on the play. Benson scored a goal of her own less than three minutes later, sending a looping shot over the keeper’s head from well outside the box.
Fuller closed out the scoring with the eighth Central goal in the 88th minute. Benson was credited with her second assist of the game.
“Finishing was not a problem in the second half,” Kobylinski said. “We practice pattern play and shooting and passing in the final third, which made the first period a little bit frustrating. We were not putting those things into play. When we put them into play, we are capable of great things.”
Central dominated the stat sheet with a vast advantage in shots (41-3), shots on goal (19-1) and corner kicks (3-0).
Three Dutch goalkeepers combined for the fourth team shutout of the season. Savana Robinson (freshman, Des Moines, Hoover HS) started the game and recorded one save in 45 minutes. Classmate Sydney Lunardi (Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) started the second period and played 17 minutes, while junior Lauren Weber (Muscatine) closed out the final 28 minutes.
“It was great to get Lauren in the game,” said Kobylinski. “She is a true servant of our program and a great person. It was nice for her to get some minutes because she deserves it.”
Six different Central players scored and four different players tallied assists.
“It is not that we played poorly in the first half, but last ball and execution was not there,” Kobylinski said. “We addressed it at halftime and we did those things in the second half. It was a total team effort.”
The Dutch (4-2) travel to Monmouth, Ill. for a mid-week game at Monmouth (2-1). It marks the eighth meeting between the two schools. Central leads the all-time series 4-3, including a 3-0 win last season in Pella in which Bailey scored two goals.