34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
DUBUQUE—The Central College women’s soccer team led 1-0 at halftime, but was sunk by four second-period Dubuque goals in its Iowa Conference bout on Wednesday night.
In a battle of regionally ranked teams, the No. 6 Spartans (8-2-0 overall, 1-1-0 Iowa Conference) equalized in the 62nd minute, scored two goals in a 41-second span and added a late goal to top the No. 9 Dutch 4-1.
“We were up and we ran out of gas,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “Dubuque is a good team, no doubt about that. There is a reason they made it to the conference finals last year and we saw that reason in the second half. They had the better team today.”
Forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) led the Dutch in shots (2), while defender Liz Daniels (junior, Oconomowoc, Wis.) scored the lone goal on her only shot. Goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) made 10 saves.
The Dutch played today’s game without one starter and two key reserves. Midfielder Emily Saville (junior, Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar HS) missed the game due to illness, while midfielder Anissa Stanitzek (freshman, Grand Rapids, Mich., Coopersville HS) missed due to injury. Midfielder Julie Wunder missed the contest after receiving a red card in Saturday’s game.
“Today’s game may have been a product of our fatigue,” Kobylinski said. “We played down a man for 75 minutes on Saturday in a double-overtime game and were without three midfielders today. It took a toll on us in the second half, but Dubuque is a very good team and they deserve a lot of credit.”
Kobylinski said midfielder Gabrielle Muse (junior, Waukee) stepped up in those players’ absence.
“Gabbi played unbelievable for 90 minutes,” Kobylinski said. “You would struggle to find a midfielder who works as hard as she does.”
Dubuque dominated the stat sheet in shots (22-7), shots on goal (14-1) and corner kicks (3-1). The Spartans racked up five assists on the four goals, as well.
Daniels put the Dutch on top early, scoring in the 22nd minute on a loose ball following a free kick. It was her second goal of the season.
“Liz is dangerous,” said Kobylinski. “She has no fear and that makes her a good player and leader. I am happy with her performance. She did a great job marking their top forward tonight, as well.”
The Spartans earned three corner kicks in a three-minute span, scoring on the third in the 62nd minute. Dubuque pulled away in a span of 41 seconds, scoring at 73:21 and 74:02, the first on a run down the middle of the field and the second on another header off of a cross. The Spartans added a fourth and final goal with less than three minutes remaining.
“We need to regroup and get ready for Coe,” Kobylinski said. “There is a lot of season left and we are still in a good position.”
Central (7-3-1 overall, 0-1-1 Iowa Conference) continues its three-game road trip against conference foe Coe (3-5-1 overall, 0-1 Iowa Conference) on Saturday. The Dutch and Kohawks tied last season in Pella 1-1 (2 OT).