142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA-Central College goalkeeper Tim Maggard (senior, Los Angeles, Calif., South Torrance HS) made three point-blank saves, including one in the second overtime, to preserve the men’s soccer team draw with North Central (Ill.) 1-1 (2 OT) on Tuesday night.
“Tim’s performance was fantastic,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “He is a next-level goalkeeper. We are glad he is healthy and playing, because we are clearly a stronger team when he is in goal. You can see that the team is confident with him back there. He made some great saves tonight. The goal he allowed was unlucky. There is nothing he can do about a shot deflecting off of someone and spinning into the goal. His performance was great.”
The two teams were evenly matched, combining for a pair of second-period goals en route to the tie.
Central struck first as defender Adelmo Marchiori (freshman, Carlinville, Ill.) pushed up the field on a free kick and was in the right place at the right time. Forward Aleksandar Glavas (junior, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) played the free kick from just outside the box to the far post, past three Cardinals defenders to a breaking Marchiori at 48:07. It was his second goal of the season.
“Adelmo has a knack for goal,” Laidlaw said. “If we could play him in three different positions at the same time, we would do it in a heartbeat. He takes advantage of his goal-scoring opportunities, but he does such a great job in the back and we need him there.”
Less than six minutes later the game was tied again, as a North Central (4-2-3) shot deflected off of a Dutch defender to the opposite post and past the goalkeeper.
The first overtime period was a defensive battle, as the Cardinals mustered only three shots, while the Dutch did not attempt a single shot. Maggard made one save in the first extra frame as time expired.
North Central pressured early in the second overtime, generating a cross and header from point-blank range. Maggard made a spectacular save once again, which deflected away from the goal and was cleared out of danger.
Both teams generated an offensive opportunity midway through the second extra frame-Central on a corner kick and North Central on a through ball-but both shot attempts sailed high.
The game ended in a 1-1 tie.
“That was a real battle,” Laidlaw said. “I think it’s a credible draw. North Central is a good team. It took us a little time to figure out how we could be affective against their scheme. As the game went on, we began to find more space and more success. We did not put enough shots on target or capitalize on a few opportunities, but overall a draw is a fair result today.”
Maggard made 10 saves on the night. Marchiori led the Dutch attack with two shots, one on goal and the lone goal.
Laidlaw was quick to recognize the efforts of the midfield, particularly Mark Hentschel (junior, West Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) and Daniel Peacock (senior, Ankeny). Additionally, due to increasing health, the Dutch were able to substitute eight players off the bench.
“The midfield worked hard tonight,” said Laidlaw. “Hentschel and Peacock did great work, which is not easy against this team. We did a good job of containing their pace overall. We have a little bit more depth, which helped today. We were able to use some more substitutions and hopefully we are able to continue to do that down the road. Bottom line is that this was a good preparation game. We will get some rest and prepare for the tough schedule ahead.”
Central (5-3-1) closes out its three-game homestand on Saturday in the 2013 conference opener against Simpson (6-0-1) at 3:30 p.m. The Storm leads the all-time series 13-9-3, including a 5-0 win over the Dutch in Indianola last season.