LINCOLN, Neb. — Following a pair of one-goal losses last week, the Central College women’s soccer team came up with a big result Tuesday night at Nebraska Wesleyan University, winning 1-0.
The Dutch (8-4-1, 2-2-0 American Rivers Conference) scored the only goal it needed to beat the Prairie Wolves (4-9-0, 1-4-0 conference) in the 10th minute off the foot of Abby Frey (sophomore, Mesa, Ariz., Desert Ridge HS). She took an assist from Elena Pinto (freshman, forward, Kent, Wash., Federal Way HS) to score her fourth goal of the season.
“Those two combined well,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “It was a really solid goal to get us on the scoreboard.”
Forcing the Nebraska Wesleyan keeper to make 11 saves and firing off 21 shots, the Dutch offense kept the pressure up all night despite scoring just one time. Rachel Daniels (junior, midfielder, Geneseo, Ill.) and Jacie Borman (junior, midfielder, Eagan, Minn.) each recorded six shot attempts, with Daniels’s attempts being saved five times.
“We hit the cross bar a few times,” Kobylinski said. “We maybe could have had a few more but anytime you can win on the road that’s what’s important. We just have to score one more than the other team.”
Jasmyn Bush (sophomore, La Porte City, Union HS) was credited with the win after making two saves and playing the full 90 minutes.
“It was our eighth shutout of the year,” Kobylinski said. “It’s really great to a clean sheet on the road.”
Hosting a nationally ranked opponent for the second time in as many weeks, No. 16 Wartburg College comes to Pella for a 3:30 p.m. match on Saturday. Including tonight, Central has played five of its last six matches on the road.
“It’s been a tough stretch for us,” Kobylinski said. “Tonight, was a solid win away from home and puts us one step closer to qualifying for the conference tournament.”