PELLA — Paige Cahill’s (sophomore, Castle Rock, Colo., Castle View HS) first collegiate goal in the final 10 minutes of the Central College women’s soccer season opener against Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) wasn’t enough in a 2-1 defeat Wednesday afternoon.
Central (0-1-0) yielded a pair of goals in the first half before finding the back of the net in the 82nd minute to make it 2-1. Jasmine Trinidad (sophomore, midfielder, Las Vegas, Nev., Sierra Vista HS) put a shot on frame and Cahill cleaned up the rebound to light up the scoreboard.
“We’ve worked on that play in practice,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “Those two have worked really hard in the offseason and I’m really happy to see them on the scoresheet.”
The Dutch had 10 shots on frame compared to five for the Gusties and led 8-1 on corner kicks. Freshman forward Grace Coates (freshman, Marion) placed two of her five shots on goal. Kayla Koch (freshman, midfield, Waterloo, Columbus Catholic HS) also had two attempts on goal.
“Statistically, we did everything we should have done to win the game,” Kobylinski said. “I thought we were there with them, if not the aggressor, most of the game.
“That was some of the best and fastest soccer we’ve played in my time here.”
Jasmyn Bush (sophomore, La Porte City, Union HS) played the full 90 minutes in goal, making three saves. She was credited with the loss.
Central has a pair of games this weekend, starting with another home match against Ripon College (Wis.) on Saturday at 4 p.m. The team also travels to Cornell College on Sunday at 4 p.m.
“Both are going to be tough opponents but we’re hoping to get on the right side of the scoreboard,” Kobylinski said.