PELLA – A wealth of experience in the Central College women’s soccer team will be shaped by talented newcomers for the spring 2021 season.
The Dutch last played in October 2019 after the fall 2020 season was wiped out by COVID-19. Central finished the 6-10-2 with a 1-6-1 in the American Rivers Conference game, missing the tournament for the first time since 2010.
Five starters are returning from this team and 12 additional returnees have earned university letters. A 12-person freshman class and a couple of transfers provide even more excitement.
“Team cohesion was something we valued in the off-season,” said coach Mike Kobylinski. “The team leadership and solidarity were great and the entire training environment last fall and so far this spring has been excellent.”
The spring plan for 2021 provides only eight conference games for Central.
“It’s going to be a competitive conference,” said Kobylinski. “I think we have one of the toughest leagues in the nation. Loras, Wartburg and Dubuque are likely favorites after finishing in the top three in 2019. The entire league will be great, it just depends on who plays well . ” Day.”
The team had a few training sessions in the fall, but will only have had a few weeks of training across the team in March to prepare for the first competition.
“Some teams have already played games outside of the conference, others have been training for over a month,” said Kobylinski. “Every school has its own challenges.”
Katie Wang (Senior, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Park Center HS) had two goals in conference games in 2019. Transfer Rachel Daniels (sophomore, Geneseo, Ill.) was a conference MVP in high school and did well in training, according to Kobylinski.
“Katie’s a captain for us and leads really well,” he said. “Rachel will be a handful for opposing teams.”
Senior Jessica Altman (Senior, Bondurant, Bondurant-Farrar HS) will also deliver a scoring punch. Above above.
“It shows good things in practice and hit a few missiles,” said Kobylinski.
Central has a fast number of athletes who can either play outside of the forward or outside of midfield depending on the shape of the team. Sophomore Jacie Borman (Eagan, Minn.) will be on the right after leading the team as a freshman with nine assists. A talented freshmen trio from Paige Cahill (Newbie, Castle Rock, Colorado, Castle View HS), Jasmine Trinidad (Newbie, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sierra Vista HS) and Abby Sutberry (Newbie, Lee’s Summit, Mon., St. Michael HS) will contribute to high scoring high school careers.
“We’ll be young outside,” said Kobylinski. “But young and fast with players who have scored a lot of goals in high school and at the club. They’re all solid attackers and I’m delighted.”
No matter what formation the Dutch are in, the midfield will be loaded with top underclassmen as newbies and sophomores seem to take the lead.
“It will be an excellent midfield,” said Kobylinski. “Our general team speed and technical skills allow us to use different combinations and styles of play that we haven’t done before.”
Abby Frey (Newbie, Mesa, Ariz., Desert Ridge HS) and Kaitlyn Isom (Newbie, Phoenix, Arizona, Horizon Honors) will contribute in the middle of the park. Ceora LeClaire (Junior, Des Moines, Carlisle) and Gabi Toulon (Senior, Normal, Ill., West HS) provide additional experience in the middle.
Bridget Lynch (sophomore, Northglenn, Colorado, Jefferson Academy) played many different roles last year but Kobylinski sees her in a defensive midfield position with the ability to attack at times.
“She is technically and tactically smart,” he said. “She played all over the park last year. We’re excited about some new components she’s added to her game.”
Central suffered a blow when the returning starter was at the rear right Cate Christopherson (Senior, Omaha, Neb., North HS) was injured last season and will miss the season.
“We are very sad about Cate,” said Kobylinski. “She did a lot for the program.”
The Dutch get a boost with the return of the junior Syd Canney (Nobility, ADM HS) who missed the 2019 season with an injury. It will likely play on the right side of a backline that also contains features Alyssa Knuth (sophomore, St. Joseph, Michigan) and Maddi Fisher (freshman, Marion, Linn-Mar HS). transfer Lily Walker (Junior, Bondurant, Bondurant-Farrar HS) also draws attention to itself and Ashley Donohoue (Junior, Littleton, Colo.) returns for its third season.
“We have some experience behind us,” said Kobylinski. “We also have some really good young players who also put pressure on after a good high school and club career.”
Taylor Golt (Sr., Crystal Lake, Illinois, Prairie Ridge HS) was the main starter and earned six wins in 2019 but Leann Grandia (sophomore, West Des Moines, Valley HS) Also started four games and played in goal for over 500 minutes.
Kobylinski Also pleased with the promise he saw in Freshman Jasmyn Bush (Freshman, La Porte City, Union HS) and the second years Sheila Horstmann (West Des Moines, Tal HS) and Quinn Deahl (Cedar Rapids, Prairie HS)
“It’s going to be a very competitive position,” he said. “Taylor and Leann spent some time together in 2019 and they both did well this spring. Jasmyn was a good high school keeper. Sheila is training well and Quinn has an injury. We just have a lot of good goalkeepers on our squad.”
Central opened the season at home on Saturday against Coe College for a 1pm game.