133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
PELLA-The Central College men’s soccer team, behind midfielder Grant Wiseman’s (junior, Washington, Ill.) hat trick, tamed the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers 9-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The Dutch pressured the short-handed Tigers--who used just nine players--out of the gate and it paid off quickly. Midfielder Kyle Maynard (senior, San Diego, Calif., West Hills HS) scored his first goal of the season in the 11th minute after a cross to the far post by forward Aleksandar Glavas (junior, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) found its mark.
Central increased its lead on two Iowa Wesleyan own goals in the 27th and 36th minutes.
The Dutch scored its final two goals of the first period in a span of 35 seconds. Midfielder Jake Stein (senior, Prairie City, PCM HS) collected his own rebound and scored at 40:02, his first of the season. Midfielder Grant Wiseman (junior, Washington, Ill.) closed out the first-period scoring with his first goal of the season. Forward Spencer Boeyink (junior, Pella) and midfielder Regan Baker (junior, Grinnell) each were credited with an assist.
Central led 5-0 at the intermission.
The Dutch attempted 15 shots in the opening frame, 10 of which were on goal. The Central defense limited the Tigers (0-6) to two shots.
The offense stalled to start the second period. The Tigers cut the deficit to four goals on a free kick, set piece from the edge of the box. Iowa Wesleyan was awarded the free kick after the Central goalkeeper picked up a ball played back to him by his own defender.
Less than four minutes later, the Dutch pushed the lead back to five. Wiseman slipped behind the back line and defender John Jamison (freshman, Nevada) found him with a through ball. Wiseman completed the hat trick at 65:49, assisted by midfielder Nathaniel Holte (sophomore, Kirksville, Mo.).
Defender Nick Kuntz (freshman, Coralville, Iowa City West HS) scored his first goal of the season in the 81st minute. Baker was credited with the assist on a long, opposite-field pass.
Boeyink closed out the game with his first goal of the season with five seconds remaining.
“It was nice to see a couple guys get their first goals,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “Grant came in and scored three great goals. There were three or four reserve players who improved their stock on the team today. We may have to take a look at how they can contribute down the road.”
Laidlaw said that Iowa Wesleyan's incomplete lineup gave the game an unusual feel.
“It was a difficult game to approach from a mental standpoint, but both teams showed up and played the game they were prepared to play it,” said Laidlaw. “We did the job that needed to be done today. That was the main thing. We need to stay focused and prepare for the next challenge.”
Laidlaw also noted the play of defender EJ Schroder (freshman, North Liberty, Iowa City West HS), who controlled the possession for the Dutch and started many runs downfield.
The Dutch dominated the stat sheet with the advantage in shots (35-6), shots on goal (21-2) and corner kicks (6-0). Glavas led the Dutch in shots (6), while Glavas, Stein and Wiseman each recorded three shots on goal. Baker led with two assists.
Goalkeeper Tim Maggard (senior, Los Angeles, Calif., South Torrance HS) started and was credited with the win. Austin Little (freshman, Des Moines, Lincoln HS), Josh Carpenter (freshman, Chelsea, Ala.) and Connor Ginder (sophomore, Medford, Ore., North Medford HS) each saw time between the pipes.
Central (5-3) returns to the field on Tuesday against North Central (Ill.) (4-2-1) at 4 p.m. on A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field. It is the first meeting between the two programs.