142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
STORM LAKE—The Central College men’s soccer team netted a 4-1 road win over Iowa Conference opponent Buena Vista on Saturday.
Midfielder Dillon Thornbury (senior, Memphis, Tenn., Collierville HS) scored less than four minutes into the game and the Dutch (8-6-1 overall, 2-3-0 IIAC) never looked back. It was his fifth goal of the season, second most on the team. Midfielder Mark Hentschel (junior, West Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) assisted on the play.
A little more than four minutes later forward Spencer Boeyink (junior, Pella) continued his hot streak with his third goal in five games. The unassisted goal was his fourth of the season and gave the Dutch a 2-0 halftime lead.
“It always helps when you get off to a quick start,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “The early lead was beneficial, especially going into a stiff wind. That settled us down. We had some great passing combinations up top and we are starting to finish our chances a little better. That’s a good sign.”
Co-captains Daniel Peacock (senior, midfielder, Ankeny) and Kyle Maynard (senior, midfielder, San Diego, Calif., West Hills HS) added goals in the 50th and 72nd minute. It was the second goal of the season for both players. Thornbury assisted on Peacock’s goal, while Peacock assisted on Maynard’s.
“Dillon and Spencer played very well today,” said Laidlaw. “Dan scored on a great goal and played a sublime through ball to Kyle. He threaded the needle through a bunch of defenders and Kyle tucked it away calmly.”
Goalkeeper Tim Maggard (senior, Los Angeles, Calif., South Torrance HS) was lifted from the game after 60 minutes with five saves and no goals allowed.
Buena Vista (4-11-0, 0-5-0 IIAC) scored its lone goal with one minute and 37 seconds remaining in the game.
The Dutch doubled up the Beavers in shots (22-11) and corner kicks (10-5) and nearly did the same in shots on goal (12-7).
“We think things are starting to come together for us, somewhat like last year,” Laidlaw said. “Defensively we are gelling a bit better and we are starting to possess the ball better. We need to have everything come together at the end and we are starting to see that now.”
Central returns to action on Tuesday in a night game against William Penn (9-5-1 overall) in Oskaloosa. Last season the Dutch blew out the Statesmen 5-1 in Pella.