34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
CEDAR RAPIDS—The Central College women’s soccer team allowed a late goal, but held on for a 2-1 win over Iowa Conference opponent Coe on Saturday.
Playing on the Coe football field, the Dutch took the lead in the first period and added to it early in the second. The Kohawks (3-7-1 overall, 0-3-0 IIAC) cut the deficit to one with less than five minutes remaining in the game, but Central held on in the closing minutes.
“I am very proud of our women and how they performed on the road,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “Any win in this league is a big win.”
Midway through the first period, forward Britt Hinton (junior, Davenport, West HS) put the Dutch on top for good. Hinton broke free from the defense and headed in a cross by defender Liz Daniels (junior, Oconomowoc, Wis.). It was her sixth goal of the season.
Less than nine minutes into the second period, forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) scored her league-leading 12th goal of the season.
“Britt and Alayna are a big part of our offense,” Kobylinski said. “When they are clicking on all cylinders, we are a tough team to stop. Britt hung in there, played her heart out and got the goal. I challenged Alayna to make plays today and she responded.”
Late in the first period, goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) left the goal line to challenge a Coe forward, forcing an errant shot and preserving the lead. It was one of many big plays Lunardi made on the day.
“Sydney played great in goal,” said Kobylinski. “Her saves and punch outs were huge and her game management was a big part of our success.”
Coe scored in the 86th minute, but was unable to complete the comeback.
Central led in shots (14-8), shots on goal (7-4) and corner kicks (4-2). Bailey led the Dutch attack with four shots, three on goal and one goal. Lunardi made three saves in goal.
Kobylinski also credited midfielders Daniels, Hannah Davy (senior, Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS) and Gabrielle Muse (junior, Waukee) for controlling the pace of play.
“We dominated possession, which was extremely important,” said Kobylinski. “It is hard to play on a turf field, especially when you are not used to it. Liz, Hannah and Gabbi were all over the field and did very well. We need that to win games.
“Coe is a good team and their coach is taking that program in a positive direction. We saw that today.”
Central (8-3-1 overall, 1-1-1 IIAC) is in non-conference action Tuesday at Westminster (Mo.) (2-7-1 overall). The Dutch shut out the Blue Jays 4-0 last season in Pella.