LINCOLN, Neb. — An embattled Central College men’s soccer team got a positive result Tuesday night on the road, securing a 1-1 tie with Nebraska Wesleyan University.
The Dutch (2-8-1, 0-3-1 American Rivers Conference) have played to a draw in consecutive trips to Lincoln to play the Prairie Wolves (4-6-1, 1-3-1 conference).
“It’s always tough to come here and get a result,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “Under the circumstances, given the fact that we had to come from behind, we’ll take the point.”
Goalkeeper John Foster (sophomore, Lee’s Summit, Mo., North HS) withstood a barrage of shots from the Prairie Wolves, facing a total of 30 attempts. He was cited with 19 saves in the contest.
“John made an unbelievable, outstanding save midway through the second half, parrying it over the bar” Laidlaw said.
After the Prairie Wolves scored with 21 seconds left in the first half, Central quickly evened the match on a Cole Manuel (freshman, midfielder, Erie, Colo.) goal at the 48:33 mark in the second half. He got an assist from Gabe Wilson (sophomore, midfielder, Altoona, Southeast Polk HS).
“Gabe played a nice diagonal ball and Cole made a really intelligent run,” Laidlaw said. “He bent his run away from a defender and showed great composure in slotting the ball home the way he did.
“Gabe had an absolutely fantastic match. We were planning to get him off for some rest early in the second half, but we couldn’t do it because he was doing so well. He was invaluable tonight.”
Central hosts Wartburg College Saturday at 1 p.m.
“Clearly, we still have more points that we need to pick up in the league standings,” Laidlaw said. “Things are so tight in this league that it could come down to points like tonight and goal deferential.”