34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
STORM LAKE—The Central College women’s soccer team posted its season record ninth shutout in a 7-0 rout over Iowa Conference foe Buena Vista on Saturday afternoon.
The Dutch (10-4-2 overall, 2-2-1 IIAC) broke the mark set by the 2004 team—which recorded a shutout in each of its wins that season—with three games remaining in the regular season.
Coach Mike Kobylinski praised the efforts of freshmen goalkeepers Sydney Lunardi (Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) and Savana Robinson (Des Moines, Hoover HS)—who split the 90 minutes in goal—and the back line of Kayla Sunvold (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), Molly Potts (senior, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS), Hannah Davy (senior, Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS), Emily Saville (junior, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS) and Kelsey Roxworthy (freshman, St. Charles Ill., East HS). Lunardi made two saves, while Robinson made one.
“Our back line and our keepers have done it all year and did it again tonight,” Kobylinski said. “Sunny did a great job marking their best player. Molly and Hannah played complete games and did very well. Emily and Kelsey played great, stepping up at the midfield.”
It is also the third consecutive 10-plus-win season for Central, which had only reached 10 or more wins twice (1999 and 2007) prior to 2011.
Forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) scored four goals—her league-leading 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th goals—as Central won its second league game of the season. Bailey scored less than five minutes into the game, in the 31st minute and twice in a two minute, 45 second-span in the second half.
“Alayna played great,” said Kobylinski. “She had some nice, composed finishes, which is what we need on offense."
Saville and midfielder Emily Benson (junior, Urbandale) scored the other two first-period goals for the Dutch, who led 4-0 at the intermission.
Forward Rachel Schmidt (sophomore, Urbandale, Dowling Catholic HS) punctuated the performance, scoring with five seconds remaining in the game.
“We scored some sublime goals today in the run of play,” said Kobylinski.
Forward Julie Wunder (senior, Muscatine) was credited with two assists, while Benson, Sunvold and forward Anissa Stanitzek (freshman, Grand Rapids, Mich., Coopersville HS) registered one assist apiece. Forward Britt Hinton was also noted for her distribution.
“Our passing, especially our final ball in, and our finishing in and around the box improved immensely,” said Kobylinski. “We worked on that a lot this past week, so credit to the ladies for putting it into practice.
“Julie and Britt had some wonderful through balls, as did Emily (Benson). Her crosses were phenomenal. It was one of our best offensive performances.”
The Dutch dominated the Beavers (2-13-1 overall, 0-5-0 IIAC) on the stat sheet, leading in shots (19-4), shots on goal (11-3) and corner kicks (8-2).
Central plays its final non-conference game of the season against William Penn (5-10 overall) Tuesday in Pella. Last season the Dutch shutout William Penn 1-0 in Oskaloosa.