142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
MONMOUTH, ILL.-The Central College men’s soccer team outlasted Monmouth 2-1 on Wednesday night for its second straight one-goal win.
“We certainly have made it interesting these past two games,” coach Garry Laidlaw said.
The Dutch took the early advantage, as forward Aleksandar Glavas (junior, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) scored his seventh goal of the season on a direct free kick in the 11th minute.
“It was a spectacular goal from Glavas,” said Laidlaw. “It was a free kick from 40 or 45 yards out and he blasted it past a two-man wall into the back of the net.”
The remainder of the first period was scoreless. Central led by a wide margin in every offensive category at halftime. The Dutch led in shots (10-3), shots on goal (5-2) and corner kicks (6-2).
The Fighting Scots (1-5-1) were quick out of the gate, scoring less than two minutes after the second period began.
The two teams were scoreless for the next 13 minutes, but midfielder Dillon Thornbury (senior, Memphis, Tenn., Collierville HS) ended the drought and put the Dutch on top for good. Midfielder Daniel Peacock (senior, Ankeny) helped set up the score.
“Dan played a great ball into the box and Dillon swatted it home from close range,” Laidlaw said. “The period did not start well, but we faced the adversity, stayed with the game plan and it paid off.
“It was not always pretty today, but we enjoyed a fair amount of possession. Defensively we were solid throughout, partly because we controlled the ball. We limited their chances after the goal and we turned up the pressure offensively.”
Laidlaw praised the efforts of defenders Jeremy Dolder (sophomore, Iowa City, West HS) and Owen Shawgo (freshman, Nevada), midfielders Jake Stein (senior, Prairie City, PCM HS), Kyle Maynard (senior, San Diego, Calif., West Hills HS) and Thornbury.
“Jeremy was very solid in the back today. Jake and Owen came off the bench and gave us great energy and much-needed minutes. Dillon and Kyle put in senior-like performances.
“Overall, it was a job well done and we will take the win.”
Central finished with a significant advantage in shots (18-4), shots on goal (10-3) and corner kicks (8-2).
Glavas led the offensive attack with seven shots, three on goal, and one goal. Thornbury added four shots, all on goal, and one goal.
Goalkeeper Josh Carpenter (freshman, Chelsea, Ala.) made two saves in his third start between the pipes.
The Dutch (4-3) open a three-game homestand beginning with Iowa Wesleyan (0-4) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.