45-23-9 (.643) mark over past four seasons
PELLA-The Central College women’s soccer team, led by midfielder Julie Wunder’s (senior, Muscatine) four goals, dominated Iowa Wesleyan 15-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Dutch scored early and often against a squad that fielded just nine players, as midfielder Alyssa Fuller (senior, Marshalltown) opened the floodgates in the 13th minute with her third goal of the season. Midfielder Gabrielle Muse (junior, Waukee) was credited with the assist.
Forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) added to the lead a little more than one minute later on a through ball from midfielder Hannah Davy (senior, Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS). Less than one minute later Bailey scored again, dribbling through the Iowa Wesleyan (1-3) defense for her ninth goal of the season.
Three Central players scored their first goals of the season. Wunder scored in the 17th minute after a through ball by Muse. Defender Kelsey Schippers (senior, Pella) scored a little more than one minute later from the corner of the box. Forward Britt Hinton (junior, Davenport, West HS) assisted on the play. Davy headed in Central’s sixth goal on a cross by Schippers in the 22nd minute.
Midfielder Jordan Plante (freshman, Urbana, Center Point-Urbana HS) scored two goals in the 25th minute and 33rd minute, the first on a failed clear by the defense and the second on a rebound after Wunder’s shot was saved.
Central led 8-0 at the break.
The second half was more of the same, as the Dutch scored three goals in the first 17 minutes. Wunder scored her second and third goals of the game in the 56th and 59th minute, the first on a shot from the top of the box and the second on a header. Midfielder Rachel Schmidt (sophomore, Urbandale, Dowling Catholic HS) assisted on the first goal, while midfielder Emily Benson (junior, Urbandale) assisted on the second. Midfielder Emily Saville (junior, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS) scored less than four minutes later on a through ball from Hinton.
The offense stalled for nearly 20 minutes before it overwhelmed the Tigers. Central scored its final four goals in a span of eight minutes and one second.
Defender Kayla Sunvold (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) scored her first goal of the season in the 81st minute. Davy was credited with the assist. Wunder scored her game-high fourth goal 21 seconds later. Davy was once again credited with the assist. Sunvold added her second goal in the 85th minute on an assist by Hinton, who closed out the game with a goal of her own at 88:34. Forward Corey Sternhogen (junior, Monticello) assisted on the play.
The game ended 15-0 in favor of the Dutch.
“The team spirit was high,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “We were able to play a lot of players, which is a great thing, especially leading into conference play. I was pleased with the finishing and the effort. Julie (Wunder) had a phenomenal game. She was hitting some nice shots and tucking some shots away. We are going to need those performances late in the season.
“We had great possession today and Gabrielle (Muse) was a big part of that. She gets (the ball) and moves (the ball). That’s what she does. She is a great player and is all-conference for a reason. She works hard and does a lot of the dirty work that helps us win games.”
Central posted single-game highs in every offensive category except corner kicks. The Dutch attempted 66 shots, half of which were on goal, and five corner kicks. The Tigers attempted two shots and two corner kicks.
Wunder led the Central attack with 12 shots, six on goal, four goals and one assist. Sunvold, Bailey and Plante scored two goals apiece, while Davy and Hinton assisted on three goals each.
Goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) started and was credited with the win. Lauren Weber (junior, Muscatine) and Savana Robinson (freshman, Des Moines, Hoover HS) split time in goal, combining for the shutout.
Central (6-2) returns to the pitch on Thursday against Cornell (3-3) at 4 p.m. on A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field. The Dutch defeated the Rams 2-1 at Mount Vernon in 2011.