34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
PELLA—Posting a season record-tying eighth shutout, the Central College women’s soccer team and Nebraska Wesleyan played to a scoreless Senior Day draw Tuesday afternoon.
The sun came and went, temperatures dipped into the low 50s and winds gusted above 20 mph as the Dutch and Nebraska Wesleyan (7-2-4 overall) played 110 minutes without a goal.
“I think it was back-and-forth,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “It was an even game. We gave it our all and a draw is a fair result. It’s nice to keep a clean sheet (shutout). We will take that defensive momentum into our next game.”
Each team had its fair share of chances—including free kicks from just outside the box—as Central (9-4-2 overall, 1-2-1 Iowa Conference) had 12 shots and Nebraska Wesleyan had 11. The Dutch led in shots on goal (4-3) and corner kicks (4-1), as well.
“We didn’t generate as much offense as we’d like, but that’s a credit to Nebraska Wesleyan’s back line and its game plan,” said Kobylinski. “We need to find ways to score. It’ll come, but we need to figure it out.”
Forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) led the Dutch attack with five shots, two on goal.
Kobylinski recognized the play of goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS)—who made three saves in the shutout—and the back line of Molly Potts (senior, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS), Liz Daniels (junior, Oconomowoc, Wis.), Hannah Davy (senior, Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS) and Kayla Sunvold (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS). The eight shutouts ties the mark set in 2004.
“The whole back line played fantastic,” Kobylinski said. “Molly, Liz, Hannah and Kayla all played solid. What Kayla is doing as a freshman and outside back is phenomenal. The other three showed upperclass leadership. Sydney played well in goal and managed the game well. It was a great defensive performance.
“We need to stay organized, starting with the keeper all the way to the forwards. As long as we do that, we will be in a lot of games. We just need to find ways to score.”
The Dutch played with 10 players for the final minute after Daniels—who was the last line of defense—was red carded for a foul on a Nebraska Wesleyan forward just outside the box.
“Credit to assistant coach Katelin Gannon for helping with a tactical change at halftime which helped us out and to assistant coach Russ Goodman for prepping Syd (Lunardi) mentally for this match,” Kobylinski said. “Our success is a direct reflection of their efforts.”
Central returns to conference action at Buena Vista (2-11-1 overall, 0-4-0 conference) on Saturday. Last season the Dutch shutout the Beavers 3-0 in Pella.