34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
OSKALOOSA—Central College forward Alayna Bailey (junior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) scored the only goal the Dutch needed in the 56th minute for a 1-0 women’s soccer victory at William Penn University Tuesday.
It was Central’s third straight shutout and seventh of the year, just one behind the school’s season shutout record set in 2004. The Dutch improved to 11-4-1, reaching the second-highest win total in program history, and have two regular season games remaining.
Bailey knocked in her team-high 14th goal of the year on an assist from midfielder Emily Saville (sophomore, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS).
“The ball was played in on one of the flanks and Emily had a nice pass into Alayna, and Alayna just tucked it away,” coach Mike Kobylinski said.
The Dutch dominated the stat sheet, outshooting William Penn 30-4, including a 14-1 opening-half advantage. Central held an 11-2 edge in shots on goal and led the corner kick battle 8-3.
Kobylinski highlighted Central’s back line of Liz Daniels (defender, sophomore, Oconomowoc, Wis.), Hannah Davy (midfielder, junior, Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS), Kelsey Schippers (defender, junior, Pella) and Annie Weaver (defender, freshman, Boone).
“Our backs have played well the majority of the year and only allowing four shots is a pretty good effort,” he said. “Liz made crucial clearances and did a fantastic job defending one-on-one when she had too. We split Hannah up in the midfield and she did a phenomenal job and our other backs, Kelsey and Annie, are models of consistency.”
Steph Hasken (senior, Davenport, West HS) played 90 minutes at goalkeeper and made two saves.
Despite the advantage on paper, Kobylinski saw room for improvement.
“We didn’t execute or do things that got us where we are today,” he said. “We had some shots that didn’t fall our way and we hit the post three or four times.
“But credit (William) Penn (2-14). They were prepared for us and they played their socks off.”
Central returns to Iowa Conference competition Friday, tackling Wartburg College at 7:30 p.m. in Waverly. The Knights are 10-2-2 overall with a 4-1 league mark going into a match Wednesday against Augustana (Ill.).
The Dutch have already clinched a berth in the league tournament, which begins Oct. 26-27. It will be Central’s second straight appearance after a three-year absence.