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Men’s Soccer gets another conference victory

CEDAR RAPIDS — The depth of the Central College men’s soccer team was key to a 1-0 victory at Coe College Saturday night as three players came off the bench to work together for the game’s only goal.

            The Dutch (13-2-1, 5-1-1 American Rivers Conference) fired off 18 total shots in the affair against the determined Kohawks (7-10-0, 2-5-0 conference).

            “Coe looked like a team that was desperate for a win to stay in the hunt for a conference tournament bid,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “And they played like it.”

            Forward Ian Meentemeyer (senior, Hartsburg, Mo., Southern Boone County HS) and midfielders Tony Cervelli (sophomore, Plainfield, Ill., South HS) and Tristin Gilles (sophomore, Hudson) were substituted in together at the 61:59 mark. Just under 13 minutes later, Cervelli and Gilles were each credited with an assist as Meentemeyer punched home the game-winning tally.

            “Those three were absolutely brilliant,” Laidlaw said. “We had been putting a lot of pressure on Coe, but those three came in and doubled down on it.

            “I couldn’t be happier for Ian, a senior, to score one of the biggest goals he could have imagined.”

            Goalkeeper Andrew Mathys (senior, Elburn, Ill., Kaneland HS) preserved his sixth shutout of the season, his third in conference play, with three saves. He faced 10 total shots.

            In front of Mathys, defenders Brant Mueller (sophomore, Bettendorf)Landon Daniels (senior, Webster City)Taylor Petkovich (senior, Littleton, Colo., Heritage HS) and Joel Collett (junior, Walford, Cedar Rapids Prairie HS) played the full 90 minutes.

            “Andrew came up with two fantastic saves when they were hitting us on the counter attack,” Laidlaw said. “Those four have gelled well together. To keep the clean sheet was critical, especially until we got the goal we needed to win it.”

            The Dutch will close out the regular season on Tuesday at noon against Buena Vista University from A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex’s soccer field. With a victory, Central would finish with the program’s first conference title in its 27-year history.

            “We certainly have something to play for haven’t we?” Laidlaw said. “I imagine our players, knowing what’s at stake, will come out and play as hard as they can. We are looking forward to the opportunity. We don’t get opportunities like this every day and we want to make the most of it.”


Dutch jilted in women’s soccer defeat

            CEDAR RAPIDS — Midfielder Katie Wang’s (sophomore, Brooklyn Park, Minn., Park Center HS) second goal of the year for the Central College women’s soccer team tied the match in the 87th minute, but Coe College found its second goal with 30 seconds remaining for a 2-1 triumph Saturday night.

            The loss dropped Central to 5-10-2 (0-6-1 conference) while Coe improved to 8-6-2 (3-3-1 conference).

            “We did everything we could to put ourselves in the game,” coach Mike Kobylinski said.  “It’s always a tough game against Coe. We gave it 100 percent and came up just short.”

            A scoreless match for 68 minutes and 51 seconds, the Kohawks struck first to take a 1-0 lead. Wang tallied the equalizer at the 86:54 mark courtesy of an assist from forward Erin Manion (senior, Delafield, Wis., Kettle Moraine HS).

            “Katie had a nice finish there,” Kobylinski said. “It gave us some hope.”

            The Kohawks broke the hearts of the Dutch with a header off a corner kick as the clock struck 89:30, leaving just 30 seconds in the match.

            “Unfortunately, they got a corner and capitalized off of it,” Kobylinski said. “It’s always a hard pill to swallow and has kind of been the story of our season so far.”

            Goalkeeper Taylor Golt (junior, Crystal Lake, Ill., Prairie Ridge HS) had a trio of first-half saves. Kobylinski also cited his starting back line of senior Stephanie Noble (Huntley, Ill.), sophomore Ceora LeClaire (Des Moines, Carlisle HS) and freshmen Alyssa Knuth (St. Joseph, Mich.) and Bridget Lynch (Northglenn, Colo., Jefferson Academy).

            Three of the team’s six conference losses have been by a single goal. Additionally, two of its non-conference losses were 1-0 defeats.

            The season finale for Central is 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon against Buena Vista University on the home pitch at A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex.

            “Hopefully, we can get the seniors win No. 45,” Kobylinski said.  “I’m proud of this senior class and all they accomplished in their four years. We’ll try to send them out a winner.”

Central suffers conference volleyball setback

              DUBUQUE — Coming out firing with a victory in the first set, the Central College volleyball team could not sustain the momentum in a 20-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 loss Saturday afternoon at Loras College in the American Rivers Conference finale.

              Central ends its conference slate with a 2-6 mark (15-11 overall). The Duhawks are 6-1 in league matches (19-7 overall) with one conference contest remaining.

             “Loras is a much more experienced team,” coach Jeanne Czipri said. “I think we battled through some challenging moments well.”

              The Dutch were coming off a frustrating loss against the University of Dubuque Friday.

              “We bounced back from last night and played with a lot of fight and heart,” Czipri said. “We made some adjustments mid-match and were happy to see them executed pretty well.”

              Outside hitter Krissa Larson (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) led the team with 15 kills and right side hitter Erin Dilger (senior, Tinley Park, Ill., Lincoln Way North HS) had 10.

              “Krissa and Erin really attacked with something to prove today,” Czipri said.

              Setter Alyssa Lewton (sophomore, Ankeny, Centennial HS) served up four aces and was credited with a team-high 16 digs.

              Central will celebrate Senior Night on Tuesday against Graceland University. The varsity match will start at 7:30 p.m. inside P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.


Dutch struggle in road volleyball contest

            DUBUQUE — The Central College volleyball team was unable to get its offense rolling as the University of Dubuque won in a 25-14, 25-18, 25-16 sweep Friday night.

            The Dutch (15-10, 2-5 American Rivers Conference) were held under 30 kills for the fourth time this season against the Spartans (17-10, 3-3 conference). The team’s .017 hitting percentage was its lowest of the season.

            “We struggled to get into a groove and a lot of that was due to the way the Dubuque was playing,” coach Jeanne Czirpi said. “Kudos to them for doing a lot of things to keep us at bay.”

            Middle hitter Hana Edgerton (senior, Grundy Center) was Central’s top hitter, notching six kills in 15 attempts for a .200 hitting percentage. Middle hitter Kayleigh Fite (junior, Florissant, Mo, Trinity Catholic HS), right side hitter Erin Dilger (senior, Tinley Park, Ill., Lincoln Way North HS) and outside hitter Krissa Larson (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) each had five kills.

            Libero Landry Luhring (sophomore, Grundy Center) led the team with 19 digs while Fite had a season-high 14. Setter Amanda Smith (freshman, Tipton) had 14 assists.

            “As a coach, there are some matches you want to have back and redo,” Czipri said. “This is one of them. I’m grateful we have this moment to learn from, and we will for sure need to be resilient and bounce back.”

            Central remains in Dubuque for Saturday’s match at Loras College, which starts at 4 p.m.

            “We had some fight today and we are going to need that tomorrow,” Czipri said. “I fully believe in each member of this team and their abilities and roles.”