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Central’s Bailey named conference women’s soccer offensive MVP

Women's soccer | Nov. 20, 2013

PELLA—Central College forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) was named Iowa Conference women’s soccer offensive MVP and was joined by goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) on the first team, while midfielder Gabrielle Muse (junior, Waukee) was honorable mention.

Starting all 20 games for the Dutch, Bailey led the league with 19 goals, 41 points and five game-winning goals. She ranked No. 24 in the nation in goals and No. 44 in points. Her 19 goals and 41 points rank second in a single season in Central history, as do her 47 career goals and 101 career points. Bailey is also the school record holder in appearances with 74 and most consecutive games scoring streak with five (Sept. 12-20, 2012).

Bailey was named first team all-conference in 2012 and second team in 2011. She was the conference female athlete of the week Sept. 19, 2011 and is a four-time league women’s soccer offensive player of the week—including three times this season.

Bailey is the first league MVP in program history.

“Any first in a program is exciting,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “Alayna is deserving of the award, especially with what she did in conference play this year. I was happy to see that validated. She’s a special player and was a pleasure to coach.

"It’s a positive for the team, as well, because someone had to pass Alayna the ball."

After only one season, Lunardi is one of the most successful goalkeepers to wear a Dutch uniform. Lunardi made 99 saves en route to a 9-6-2 overall record and greatly contributed to the school record 10 shutouts this season (a goalkeeper does not receive full credit for the shutout unless she plays all 90 [or more] minutes).

“Sydney came in as a freshman and proved to be one of the best goalkeepers in the league,” said Kobylinski. “It’s nice to have her for another three years. We’re very happy with the goalkeeping core we have here. I couldn’t be happier for her.”

It is the first time since 2004 that two Central players were named first team (GK Ashley Veigelt, MF Jami Wheelock).

It is the third honorable mention for Muse, who was named academic all-conference in 2012. Muse started all 20 games for the Dutch, scoring one goal and tying for 10th in the league with five assists. Her play anchored the midfield that was often credited by Kobylinski for the competitive level of the team.

“What Gabbi does sometimes goes unnoticed, so it’s great that the league took notice,” Kobylinski said. “She worked hard and marked the best player on the opposing team every game. It’s a difficult task and she did it very well.”

It was another record-setting season for Central, which won a school record 12 games (12-6-2 overall) for the second consecutive season and qualified for its third consecutive Iowa Conference tournament (only other time: 1998-2000). The seniors exit with the most wins of any graduating class at 36-32-6 overall.

Kobylinski moved into first on the all-time wins list at Central with 34 over three seasons (34-19-5), as well.

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