34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
MONMOUTH, ILL.-Forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) scored two goals as the Central College women’s soccer won its third straight game on Wednesday night 3-1 over Monmouth (Ill.).
The Dutch and the Fighting Scots (3-2) were scoreless at halftime. The two teams tied in first-period shots (5-5), but Monmouth led in shots on goal (5-2) and corner kicks (2-1).
Monmouth struck first on a Central own goal less than seven minutes into the second period.
The Dutch responded nearly four minutes later, as Bailey scored off of a corner kick by midfielder Emily Saville (junior, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS).
“In the second period we pushed some numbers forward,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “It worked for us. We responded well after allowing the goal.”
The score remained 1-1 for more than 20 minutes. Goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) preserved the tie with a save that deflected off the post. Kobylinski said the play inspired the team.
Shortly thereafter, midfielder Alyssa Fuller (senior, Marshalltown) scored the eventual game-winning goal, her second goal of the season. Bailey added the exclamation point with her fifth goal over the past two games.
“Alyssa scored a fantastic game-winning goal,” said Kobylinski. “She is a tremendous team player and a great representative of Central College. I am truly delighted for her. Alayna did a great job in and around the box tonight. When she is in on a play, she is a threat to score."
Kobylinski noted the efforts of the midfielders and defenders, particularly midfielder Hannah Davy (senior, Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS) and defender Kayla Sunvold (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS).
“Hannah controlled the middle and played great,” Kobylinski said. “Kayla played lights out and marked their all-region forward. Her performance was unbelievable.
“It was a good day for the Dutch.”
Bailey led the offensive attack with five shots, four shots on goal and two goals. Lunardi made 10 saves, the most in any of her four starts.
The Dutch (5-2) open a three-game homestand beginning with Iowa Wesleyan (1-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m.