151-102-14 (.592) record since 2001
PELLA—Central College erupted for four goals in the second half, rolling to a 5-1 men’s soccer win against William Penn University Tuesday afternoon.
The Dutch took an early lead with an unassisted goal from defender Aleksandar Glavas (sophomore, Loves Park, Ill., Guilford HS) in the 7th minute.
“Glavas had a spectacular bomb from 35 yards out,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “We’ve been encouraging him to take that shot all year.”
William Penn tied it in the 21st minute and the score remained 1-1 until midfielder Brandon Bautista (senior, St. Charles, Ill., North HS) gave the Dutch the lead in the 58th minute on an assist from forward Jordan Appenzeller (senior, Boone). Midfielder Kyle Maynard (junior, San Diego, Calif., West Hills HS) followed with his first season goal in 69th minute on an assist from midfielder Chris Poesch (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS). Midfielder Serge Sievertson (sophomore, Wilmette, Ill., New Trier Township HS) continued the scoring spree in the 84th minute with unassisted tally and midfielder Grant Wiseman (sophomore, Washington, Ill.) knocked in his first goal of the year in the 86th minute on an assist from forward Nick Hauenstein (sophomore, Nevada).
“It’s great to see a lot of people contribute and to get goals from anywhere on the pitch,” Laidlaw said. “We’ve been talking about the importance of momentum and with some beautiful goals today you could just see the difference in confidence that went right through the team.”
Central was also strong defensively, limiting the Statesmen (7-9) to nine shots while racking up 16. The Dutch held a 9-5 shots on goal advantage.
“We were over 50 percent with shots on target today and that makes a huge difference,” Laidlaw said.
Travis Yets (junior, Bettendorf) played 83 minutes in goal and had one save. Connor Ginder (freshman, Medford, Ore., North Medford HS) closed the match and made three saves.
Laidlaw was excited to see the team clicking on all cylinders.
“That was probably as complete and all-around game as we’ve played this year,” Laidlaw said. “We’ve done good things all season but we’ve been talking about putting it all together.”
Central returns to Iowa Conference play Friday, facing Wartburg College at 5 p.m. in Waverly. The Knights are 6-6-2 overall with a 2-2-1 conference mark.