34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
DECORAH—The Central College women’s soccer team tied its single season wins mark with 12 in a 2-1 win at Iowa Conference foe Luther Saturday afternoon.
The Dutch (12-4-2 overall, 3-2-1 conference) matched the 2012 and 1999 teams with a dozen wins with one regular season game remaining on the schedule.
“The record is a testament to our players and our coaching staff,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “We believe in our players and they believe in us. We need to keep developing our team culture moving forward and the wins will keep coming.”
It was Central’s first ever win at Luther.
“It’s always tough to play at Decorah,” said Kobylinski. “Luther is a great team with results against some very good teams. They’re second in the conference and receiving votes in the region. It’s a great win.”
Kobylinski also moved into first on the all-time wins list as Central’s head coach—passing Rick Burns (33, 2004-07)—with 34 wins in less than three seasons (34-17-5).
“I always wanted to be back at Central and now that I’m here, I’m living the dream,” Kobylinski said. “I have a great staff on the women’s side and I get to coach with my mentor on the men’s side. Life is good.”
Forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute, her league-leading 19th of the season. Bailey is tied for second (Allison Cupples, 2000) for goals in a season—two behind all-time leader Heather Allbee (1998). Bailey is also second in career goals with 47—five behind Tori Rittman (2004-07)—and third in career points with 100—one behind Allbee (1995-98) and 21 behind Rittman. Midfielder Hannah Davy (senior, Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS) was credited with her fifth assist of the season—tied for most on the team.
“Hannah sent a beautiful ball in, Alayna got a foot to it and scored one of her biggest goals,” said Kobylinski. “We need her to score goals like that. Alayna played it well, but it doesn’t happen without a great pass from Hannah.”
Forward Britt Hinton (junior, Davenport, West HS) put the Dutch on top 15 minutes into the game with her seventh goal of the season—tied for second on the team. She is also second in total points with 19.
“Britt does good things against Luther,” said Kobylinski. “Last year she scored at the end and this year started off the scoring.”
Central led 1-0 at halftime.
Luther equalized less than three minutes into the second half, but Bailey and the Dutch would not be denied.
Goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption) made seven saves en route to her ninth win between the pipes.
Kobylinski also recognized the play of defenders Kayla Sunvold (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Liz Daniels (junior, Oconomowoc, Wis.), as well as midfielder Gabrielle Muse (junior, Waukee) for shutting down the Norse attack.
“Kayla played very well and Liz had one of her most complete games,” Kobylinski said. “Gabrielle marked their best player and Sydney did well again. She’s peaking and at the right time. She made some good saves and punch outs, which were crucial to the win. I couldn’t be happier with the team effort. It was a great result.”
The Norse attempted 23 shots, but placed only eight on goal. The Dutch were much more efficient, attempting six shots with five on frame. Luther also led in corner kicks (6-2). Bailey headed the Central attack with three shots, while Hinton attempted two shots—accounting for all five shots on goal.
Central has already qualified for the conference tournament and is now fifth in the league standings.
The Dutch return home for a showdown with conference leader No. 23 Loras (14-3-1 overall, 6-0-0 conference) Tuesday afternoon. The Duhawks defeated Central twice last season—once in the regular season and once in the conference tournament—both at Dubuque, both 2-0.