142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
PELLA—Two second-period goals lifted the Central College men’s soccer team to its first shutout of the season, a 2-0 Senior Day win over Nebraska Wesleyan Tuesday afternoon.
Under the cover of clouds with the temperature in the low 50s and wind gusting more than 20 mph, the Dutch and Prairie Wolves (3-9-1 overall) played 53 scoreless minutes before forward Spencer Boeyink (junior, Pella) broke the tie for good.
“We discussed things at halftime and addressed our concentration,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “We challenged the attacking players to do better and be more clinical. They got the message and it proved that we have the ability to score. Both goals were very well played.”
Boeyink broke free from the defense and chipped the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper from the corner of the box for the game-winning goal. It was his third goal of the season. Midfielder Dillon Thornbury (senior, Memphis, Tenn., Collierville HS) assisted on the game-winner.
Less than 10 minutes later, midfielder Mark Hentschel (junior, West Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) touched a pass past the defender in the box and finished to the near post for his second goal of the season. Defender Adelmo Marchiori (freshman, Carlinville, Ill.) earned the assist.
“Aside from his goal, Mark held the ball well for us and played some good through balls,” Laidlaw said. “He gives us a different look in that part of the field.”
The Dutch (7-6-1 overall, 1-3-0 Iowa Conference) controlled possession—particularly in the second period—thanks in large part to Thornbury and midfielder Daniel Peacock (senior, Ankeny).
“Dillon was excellent, particularly in the second half,” said Laidlaw. “He was making great decisions—when to hold it and when to give it. His work rate was phenomenal and he was more and more confident with each passing minute. We never take him for granted, but Dan played really well. He was excellent today.”
The Dutch and goalkeeper Tim Maggard (senior, Los Angeles, Calif., South Torrance HS)—who made five saves—posted the first shutout of the season. Laidlaw noted the performance of Marchiori as vital to the defensive success.
“We were well aware that we were struggling to keep clean sheets (shutouts),” said Laidlaw. “We have not played bad defensively, but we have had one or two issues every game. It was great to get that clean sheet for our defense and our team.
“Adelmo is a ball winner and it takes some pressure off the backs when he is keeping those balls from getting in behind him.”
The Dutch played with 10 players for the final 15 minutes of the game after forward Josh Farris (freshman, Springfield, Ill., Lutheran HS) was red carded for an illegal tackle.
“Keeping the clean sheet intact, especially when playing down a man, was a credit to our backs,” said Laidlaw.
Central returns to conference action Saturday against Buena Vista (4-10-0 overall, 0-4-0 conference) at Storm Lake. Last season the Dutch topped Buena Vista 3-1 in Pella.