CHICAGO, ILL.— Opening up a barrage of offense in the second half did not help the Central College women’s soccer team as they lost to North Park University (Ill.) 1-0 Sunday afternoon.
Playing for the fifth time in nine days, the Dutch (3-1-1) may have been feeling the effects of 470 minutes of game action already this season.
“I felt today showed five matches in nine days with a quick turnaround from last night’s tough, physical match,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “We are banged up and that is unfortunate but this game can be unforgiving sometimes.”
The Vikings (1-2-0) scored the game’s only goal three minutes into the contest. Central outshot North Park 20-9, including an 11-4 difference in the game’s second half.
Of Central’s 20 shots, 10 landed on frame. Anna Tillo (sophomore, midfielder, West Burlington, Notre Dame HS) had three of those and Erin Manion (senior, forward, Delafield, Wis., Kettle Moraine HS) had two.
“We had a lot of chances,” Kobylinski said. “We had nine corners to their zero so it was frustrating.
With all of the minutes logged in the last nine days, some of Central’s young bench players contributed in a way that caught Kobylinski’s attention.
“Bridget Lynch (freshman, midfielder, Northglenn, Colo., Jefferson Academy) had an awesome match in midfield for us,” Kobylinski said. “Ceora LeClaire (sophomore, midfielder, Des Moines, Carlisle) also gave us tremendous minutes off the bench.”
The Dutch will head back out on the road Wednesday, traveling to Galesburg, Illinois to battle Knox College (Ill.) at 4:30 p.m.
“I love the cohesion of this team and one match does not define us,” Kobylinski said.