142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA — After an early goal, the Central College men’s soccer team came up short against Simpson College in overtime, suffering a 2-1 conference setback.
“Overall, it was a tight game,” said coach Garry Laidlaw. “I thought we came out with great energy and after the first goal, we were looking good.”
Midfielder Josh Farris (Springfield, Ill., Lutheran HS) scored his first collegiate goal in the 43rd minute. The Dutch gave up the next goal late in the second half, leading the match into overtime.
“I was a little disappointed with how we allowed Simpson’s first goal,” Laidlaw said. “It really was a miscommunication on our part. After that, we started to get sloppy and it cost us the game.”
Although Farris was the only Central player to score a goal, midfielder Aleksandar Glavas (junior, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) took six shots and three on goal. Nick Lutsch (South Elgin, Ill., St. Charles North HS) had three shots and one on goal.
“All in all a draw would have been a fair result, but the Iowa Conference is strong,” Laidlaw said. “The entire team worked hard, but there were a few special performances.
“Josh worked very hard for that goal, and I am so pleased to see his confidence grow,” he said. “Nick played in a different role than he is used to and he handled it well. Owen Shawgo (defender, freshman, Nevada) did a great job and gained a lot of confidence in the process and Brian Fyfe (defender, junior, Clear Lake) was outstanding on the backline.”
The Dutch (5-4-1 overall, 0-1 conference) gave up Simpson’s (7-0-2 overall, 1-0 conference) final goal in the 95th minute.
Central is striving to capture its first conference win against the University of Dubuque Wednesday. The game will be played at Dubuque at 7 p.m.