142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
DUBUQUE—The Central College men’s soccer team took the lead with less than six minutes to play in regulation, but was stunned when Dubuque tied the game with 39 seconds remaining and won 46 seconds into overtime.
Less than one minute into the first overtime period, the Spartans (2-7-1 overall, 1-1-0 Iowa Conference) scored on a lined shot after the initial attempt was blocked by a Dutch defender.
“The bounce of the ball doesn’t always go your way and we were a little unlucky tonight,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “The last goal was deflected and sat right there for the forward. We will take the positives and continue to try to play the right way.
“We have a young team and we are learning more about the Iowa Conference, but the outcome is certainly frustrating.”
Central is 1-2-1 in overtime games this season. It is the second consecutive overtime loss for the Dutch, who lost 2-1 (OT) to Simpson on Saturday.
After more than 83 minutes and trailing Dubuque 1-0, defender Adelmo Marchiori (freshman, Carlinville, Ill.) broke through for the Dutch on a header at 83:55. Marchiori has three goals this season on seven shots.
One minute and three seconds later, midfielder Daniel Peacock (senior, Ankeny) put the Dutch on top with a high shot to the near post. It was his first goal of the season. Defender Nick Lutsch (junior, South Elgin, Ill., St. Charles North HS) was credited with the assist.
“I thought we showed great determination and resilience to get back into the game,” said Laidlaw. “We had to take some risks when we were down and we probably played the best 20 minutes of attacking soccer we have played all year.”
It looked like the game was over, but Dubuque made a final push in the closing minute and scored on a loose ball in front of the goal.
“Conceding a goal that late in the game is tough,” Laidlaw said. “We tried to do the right things, but we were clearing the ball at times when we should have been possessing it. In the end, we gave them too many chances and it cost us.”
The Spartans opened the scoring midway through the second period on a penalty kick goal. Dubuque’s forward was tackled from behind in the box to set up the chance.
Dubuque led in shots (20-11) and shots on goal (7-5), but Central held the corner kicks advantage (9-5). Forward Aleksandar Glavas (junior, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) led the Dutch attack with four shots, three on goal. Goalkeeper Tim Maggard (senior, Los Angeles, Calif., South Torrance HS) made four saves on the night.
Central (5-5-1 overall, 0-2-0 Iowa Conference) returns to the pitch on Saturday at Coe (4-4-1 overall, 0-1-0 Iowa Conference). Last season the Dutch blew out the Kohawks 6-0 in Pella.