45-23-9 (.643) mark over past four seasons
INDIANOLA—Central College needed just six minutes to capture a 1-0 Iowa Conference women’s soccer win against Simpson College Wednesday evening.
The Dutch wasted no time after the opening whistle, packing players into Simpson’s box with a corner kick in the third minute. Just two minutes later forward Brittany Hinton (sophomore, Davenport, West HS) netted the gamewinner three yards out off a cross from midfielder Molly Potts (junior, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS).
“We took it down the left side and Molly sent in a nice ball to Brittany across the box and she (Hinton) tapped it in,” coach Mike Kobylinski said.
Central outshot the Storm 4-2 in the first half and held off a second-half Simpson assault that tallied 15 shots. The Storm had a 6-4 shots on goal advantage for the match.
“Simpson threw everything at us in the second half,” Kobylinski said. “They made it difficult for us but we “weathered the storm” so to speak and came out on top. It was a total team effort, from goalie up to the strikers.”
Goalkeeper Steph Hasken (senior, Davenport, West HS) secured her fifth shutout with six saves in 90 minutes.
“Steph’s a rock for us back there and she made good saves again,” Kobylinski said. “It’s exciting for her and the team to get another shutout.”
Kobylinski also credited the back line and noted defender Jackie Bell (sophomore, Johnston, Dowling Catholic HS), who made her first start of the season.
“The whole back line played solid,” he said. “And I thought Jackie had an excellent second half and did well the whole game. That’s what makes a team--having another player that can step in.”
The Dutch, who last won against Simpson in 1999, improved to 9-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the league. Simpson dropped to 7-6 with a 1-3 conference mark.
Central takes on Buena Vista University Saturday at 1 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field. The Dutch seniors will be recognized before the start of the match.
"We have to keep moving forward and with efforts like tonight’s we will.”