Video: Central scrambles for men’s soccer draw with last minute rally

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PELLA — A dramatic two-goal flurry in the game’s final minutes allowed the Central

College men’s soccer team to scratch out a 2-2 draw with Knox College (Ill.) Wednesday.

              Central remains unbeaten at 7-0-1 while Knox is 4-2-1.

              “I can’t speak highly enough about the character we showed,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “We pulled that game from the ashes and got a result.”

              The game was delayed by 90 minutes as storms rolled through the area and the Dutch offense was a late arrival as well, held scoreless for 85 minutes.

              Trailing 2-0, midfielder Matthew West (freshman, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS) notched Central’s first goal, and his fifth of the year, in the 86th minute on an assist from midfielder Jake Dzarnowski (sophomore, Wheaton, Ill., North HS). Then, with just 41 seconds remaining, forward Charlie Pritchard (freshman, Ankeny), recorded the equalizer, with an assist from midfielder Zach Worster (freshman, Saint Peters, Mo., Saint Dominic HS).

              “The last five minutes were pretty eventful for us,” Laidlaw said. “We had to take some risks and we were able to get in behind them. Jake played a fantastic diagonal ball over the top and Matthew ran on to it and he got there just in time to beat the goalie. Charlie flicked a header towards the goal and it went far post.”

              Central was recently named the No. 7 team in the North Region by the United Soccer Coaches, Knox was listed at No. 10

              “Knox is a really good team,” Laidlaw said. “They are regionally ranked like us but they also made the national tournament last year and beat the No. 15 team (Centre College {Ky.}) in the country last weekend in Kentucky.”

              The Dutch are back home on Saturday, hosting Monmouth College for a 1 p.m. match in Pella at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex.

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