Central plays Monmouth to women’s soccer tie

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PELLA—Conceding a goal in the first three minutes, the Central College women’s soccer team settled for a 1-1 draw against Monmouth College Monday night.

            The Scots (1-0-1) scored off a corner kick just two minutes and 43 seconds into the game. Central evened the score with a set-piece goal of its own as Jessica Altman (junior, midfielder, Bondurant, Bondurant-Farrar HS) put a corner kick on the head of Alyssa Knuth (freshman, defender, St. Joseph, Mich.) to score the equalizer.

            “Alyssa is someone we can put forward and get some nice header goals,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “Jessica served it up to her on platter. She has one of the best shot pieces and just shots overall I’ve ever seen.”

            Goalkeeper Taylor Golt (junior, Crystal Lake, Ill., Prairie Ridge HS) recovered after the early goal to make three saves and preserve the draw.

            “Taylor’s a good goalkeeper,” Kobylinski said. “She has a good presence and communication skills. It’s been a really great preseason for her and she’s not skipped a beat.”

            Holding the Scots off the scoreboard for the final 107 minutes was a group effort according to Kobylinski.

            “I think someone needs to buy Cate Christopherson (junior, Omaha, Neb., North HS) a steak dinner,” Kobylinski said. “Cate, Gabrielle Lillie (senior, Burlington, Notre Dame HS) and Stephanie Noble (senior, Huntley, Ill.) did a very good job in the back.

            Outshooting the Scots 21-13, Central put five other shots on frame but couldn’t find the match winner.

            “We left a few goals out there,” Kobylinski said. “But to be fair, so did Monmouth. I think it was an even result.”

            The University of Northwestern-St. Paul (Minn.) will come to Pella for a 5 p.m. match on Wednesday.

            “Our schedule really amps up from this point,” Kobylinski said. “We’re taking it one match at a time so we’re solely focused on Northwestern.”