133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
OSKALOOSA—Forward Aleksandar Glavas (junior, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) scored both Central College goals to lift the men’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over William Penn Tuesday night.
“It’s a good result,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “William Penn is having a very good season and to go on their turf and get the win took a solid performance.”
Glavas scored 12 minutes into the game, assisted by midfielder Dillon Thornbury (senior, Memphis, Tenn., Collierville HS) and midfielder Mark Hentschel (junior, West Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS).
The Statesmen (10-6-1 overall) equalized five minutes later and the game was tied 1-1 at the intermission. Less than three minutes into the second half, Glavas put the Dutch on top for good. Midfielder Kyle Maynard (senior, San Diego, Calif., West Hills HS) was credited with the assist.
“It was nice to see Aleksandar get back in form,” Laidlaw said. “He’s been fighting it a little bit lately, but he finished both of his chances really well.”
It was Glavas’ ninth and 10th goals of the season, propelling him into second on the Iowa Conference leaderboard—three behind the leader. He is also second in the league in points with 24—five back of the leader.
Playing under the lights on William Penn’s football field, the Dutch (9-6-1 overall, 2-3-0 IIAC) battled the cold and physical play and came out victorious.
“William Penn has some quick, technical players,” Laidlaw said. “They are a very skillful team and we were forced to make some tactical changes. (Assistant coach Mike) Kobylinski helped with matchups and key substitutions. Tonight was a prime example of how much it helps to have him on our bench. We’re very fortunate to have him.”
The Dutch played much of the game without starting forward Spencer Boeyink (junior, Pella), who left the game due to injury. Forward Jake Stein (senior, Prairie City, PCM HS) and Nick Kuntz (freshman, Coralville, Iowa City West HS) filled in admirably.
“It was tough to lose Spencer,” said Laidlaw. “But Jake and Nick came off the bench and had their best matches of the year. They both did really well to fill that gap.”
Goalkeeper Tim Maggard (senior, Los Angeles, Calif., South Torrance HS) delivered a gutsy performance in goal, as noted by Laidlaw. Maggard made five saves in the win.
“Tim had a great performance,” Laidlaw said. “They were throwing a lot of stuff in the box at the end and he played with great courage. He came away with some bumps and bruises, but he was phenomenal.
“We were under a barrage in the final minutes of the game, but we withstood the pressure well and showed a lot of grit and determination.”
Laidlaw noted that the game was very physical and credited his co-captains Daniel Peacock (senior, Ankeny) and Maynard for keeping the Dutch in check.
“As the game got heated and intense, I was proud of how our team kept its discipline,” said Laidlaw. “A game like that can get out of hand and get away from you, but our players stayed focused on the task at hand.
“The referee had a difficult job and he handled the situations of the game very well.”
William Penn received four yellow cards—all in the second half—and its head coach was red carded midway through the second half.
The Statesmen led in shots (19-8), shots on goal (6-3) and corner kicks (7-4), but Central made the most of its chances.
Central returns to conference action Saturday at Luther (10-5-0 overall, 4-1-0 IIAC) in its final road game of the season. The Dutch defeated the Norse 1-0 in the regular season last year in Pella. The two teams tied 0-0 (2 OT) in the first round of the conference tourney, but Central advanced on penalty kicks (4-3). Luther has qualified for this year’s tourney.