PELLA — The Central College women’s soccer team hasn’t allowed a goal in its last four matches, including Saturday’s 1-0 win against the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
The Dutch (4-1-0) handed the Titans (4-1-0) their first loss and goal scored against of the season.
Grace Coates (freshman, forward, Marion) scored off her own rebound in the 20th minute, her third goal of the season. Kirsten Small (freshman, midfielder, Spencer) set up the first shot attempt for Coates.
“Kirsten helped create that play for Grace,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “Any time you have two freshmen involved in a scoring play, it’s a great thing.”
Goalkeeper Jasmyn Bush (sophomore, La Porte City, Union HS) got the win after playing the first half but it was Sheila Horstmann’s (junior, West Des Moines, Valley HS) three saves in the second half in relief of Bush that held off the Titans.
“She made a crucial save with 30 seconds left,” Kobylinski said. “She got low and made a beautiful save, I couldn’t be happier for her. Sometime it’s the next player up when somebody goes down and that’s been the motto for this team.”
The Dutch outshot the Titans 10-7, with seven of the Dutch shots going on frame. Central also held a 3-0 advantage on corner kicks.
Central hosts Monmouth College at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
“We’ve had five games in 11 days,” Kobylinski said. “It’s been a tough stretch. We’re excited for a little break for competition and then we’ll be ready to get back to it on Wednesday.”