45-23-9 (.643) mark over past four seasons
PELLA—The Central College women’s soccer team earned the No. 5 seed in Saturday’s Iowa Conference tournament first round and visits No. 4 Wartburg College at Waverly, while the men’s team earned the No. 6 seed and visits No. 3 Luther College at Decorah.
Game time is 3 p.m. for the men and 5 p.m. for the women.
Dutch draw Knights—The Dutch women (12-5-2 overall, 3-3-1 conference) finished the season two points back of Wartburg (7-10-1 overall, 4-3-0 conference), forcing a reciprocal trip in the Nos. 4- and 5-seed matchup. Central is making its ninth conference tourney appearance and its third in a row. The Dutch reached the semifinal round last year and have an all-time tourney record of 4-8.
Central and Wartburg last met in the conference tournament in 2007. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie, but the Knights advanced on penalty kicks. Wartburg leads the all-time conference tourney series 2-1-1 with wins in 1998 and 2004. The Dutch recorded their win in the 1995 third-place game. Central has a 4-7-1 tournament record overall.
The Knights defeated the Dutch 2-0 Oct. 12 at Pella. Wartburg scored on a rebound in the first half and with less than four minutes remaining in the second. Central led in shots (13-12) and corner kicks (7-6), but trailed in shots on goal (5-4). The Dutch also had three shots inside the box sail high.
Following the loss to Wartburg, Central was 3-1-1—its only loss coming at the hands of league champion No. 23-ranked Loras—and outscored its opponents 12-5.
Forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) leads the league in points (41), points per game (2.16), goals (19) and goals per game (1.00). She is also tops in game-winning goals with five. Goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) is second in the league in shutouts and save percentage.
As a team Central leads the league in points (146), goals (55), goals per game (3.06) and shutouts (10)—a school single season record.
Bailey is tied for second (Allison Cupples, 2000) for goals in a season at Central—two behind all-time leader Heather Allbee (1998). Bailey is also second in career goals with 47—five behind Tori Rittman (2004-07)—and tied for second in career points with 101—21 behind Rittman. Coach Mike Kobylinski is first on the all-time wins list at Central with 34 over three seasons (34-17-5). The Dutch matched the 2012 and 1999 teams with a school record 12 wins.
Luther win shuffles seeds—The Central men’s soccer team (9-8-1 overall, 2-5-0 conference) was already the No. 6 seed, but a Luther (13-5-0 overall, 6-1-0 conference) double-overtime win Tuesday forced a repeat of the 2012 Nos. 3- and 6-seed matchup.
It is Central’s 12th consecutive trip to the conference tournament and the 13th overall. The Dutch made a dramatic tourney run last year, defeating Luther in a shootout after a 0-0 game and knocking off second-seeded Dubuque in overtime in the quarterfinals before falling in the finals to No. 1 Loras, 2-1. Central has a 6-10-3 tournament record overall. Central leads the all-time conference tourney series with Luther 1-0-1—its win was in 2010 as the No. 4 seed.
The Norse defeated the Dutch 1-0 Saturday at Decorah. The teams battled the wind—which gusted over 20 mph—and Luther scored the game-winning goal midway through the second half with the wind at its back. The Norse led in shots (17-3), shots on goal (7-2) and corner kicks (6-1).
Dutch forward Aleksandar Glavas (junior, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) is tied for second in the league in points (25), tied for second in points per game (1.39), third in goals (10), third in goals per game (0.56) and tied for third in assists (5). He is also tied for second in game-winning goals (4). Goalkeeper Tim Maggard (senior, Los Angeles, Calif., South Torrance HS) is third in saves (58).
Central is also the least-carded team in the league with eight yellow cards.