45-23-9 (.643) mark over past four seasons
PELLA—The Central College women’s soccer team was stifled 4-1 by Iowa Conference regular season champion No. 23-ranked Loras Tuesday afternoon.
The Duhawks (15-3-1 overall, 7-0-0 conference) scored twice in a 17-second span less than 11 minutes into the game and added a third two minutes later en route to the league title.
“Loras is a great side and very well coached,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “We needed to withstand the first 10 minutes because they were going to come at us. We did that and in the next minute they scored two goals. They’re a tough team.”
Central (12-5-2 overall, 3-3-1 conference) did not go quietly, as forward Julie Wunder (senior, Muscatine) cut the deficit to two goals. Wunder controlled a cross in the box, turned and fired a shot to the back of the net. It was her eighth goal of the season. Forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) was credited with her third assist of the season.
“Julie had a great game,” said Kobylinski. “She played well up top and on the flank. Alayna’s movement and the way that she battled today was the best I’ve seen in the three years I’ve been coaching her. She’s a force and she’s done well all year. It’s hard to be man-marked and still score goals and create pressure.”
The one-point assist moved Bailey into a tie for second with Heather Allbee (1995-98) in career points at Central with 101. Tori Rittman (2004-07) is the all-time leader with 120.
Loras closed out the scoring midway through the second half on a two-assist goal.
The Duhawks led in shots (25-6), shots on goal (13-3) and corner kicks (4-3). Bailey led the Dutch attack with three shots, one on goal. Goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) made nine saves on the day.
Kobylinski also noted the play of defenders Kelsey Schippers (senior, Pella) and Liz Daniels (junior, Oconomowoc, Wis.), particularly in the second half.
“It’s all about progression,” Kobylinski said. “Team progression is what we want to focus on. How can we get better for the next game? We’ll be prepared. We’ve seen everyone in the conference and played them all tough. We need to regroup and put forth our best effort. Each player needs to know her role and we’ll see how we do.”
The Dutch—who had already qualified for the conference tournament—must await the outcome of two late games to determine tournament seed and first-round opponent. Dubuque visited Simpson, while Luther visited Wartburg.