Historic start to Dutch men’s soccer season

ST. PETER, MINN.— With Sunday’s 4-3 victory at Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.), the Central College men’s soccer team has started the season 7-0 for the second time in program history.

The Gusties (4-1-0) were ranked No. 6 in the first United Soccer Coaches North Region Poll and outscored their first four opponents 27-1.

“We’re delighted with the result,” Coach Garry Laidlaw said. “Gustavus is a great team. It was a difficult game, but I thought we played 90 minutes of our craft and I felt we were rewarded.”

The last Dutch team to open a season with at least seven wins and no losses was the 2002 squad that went 16-2-1 and won the regular season conference title after a 15-0 start.

“It feels great,” Laidlaw said. “I believe that we’ve put in a lot of work to get to this place and good things happen the harder you work.”

Midfielder Nathan Casa’s (sophomore, Cottage Grove, Minn., East Ridge HS) went unassisted for the game’s first goal at the seven-minute mark. He then assisted on midfielder Jake Dzarnowski’s (sophomore, Wheaton, Ill., North HS) goal in the 19th minute.

“The first goal of any game is really important,” Laidlaw said. “To get a second one helped us settle into the game.”

The home team responded to make it 2-1 before halftime. The Dutch added a third goal from forward Ian Meentemeyer (senior, Hartsburg, Mo., Southern Boone County HS) in the 70th minute, assisted by Taylor Petkovich (senior, defender, Littleton, Colo., Heritage HS).

The Gusties made it 3-2 five minutes later, but Charlie Pritchard (freshman, midfielder, Ankeny) took a pass from Matthew West (freshman, midfielder, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS) to give Central a crucial fourth goal at 79:55 as Gustavus scored its third and final goal with 19 seconds remaining.

“I thought we responded every time they asked a question today,” Laidlaw said.

Having started and won all seven matches this season in goal, Andrew Mathys (senior, Elburn,Ill., Kaneland HS) made four saves.

“Andrew seems to come up big one or two times every half,” Laidlaw said. “There might be one goal he’d like to have back today, but he also saved us on a couple of really close chances.

Central returns home to Pella and the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field to face Knox College (Ill.) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Prairie Fire knocked off the Dutch 1-0 last season in Galesburg, Illinois.

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