Courier Staff Writer
OTTUMWA — Being the first match of the season, there is always going to be physical and mental mistakes. Indian Hills head soccer coach Doug Seigle understands that, and he’s willing to except it.
What he was not willing to except on Friday was the lack of physical and mental will his Indian Hills men’s soccer squad failed to display in the Warriors’ ‘Kickoff’ Classic. Visiting Century College took advantage in both aspects, converting mistakes by IHCC into goals while keeping the Warriors from turning around the pace of play by keeping a continuous attack going for most of the 80 minutes.
The end result was a 4-0 shutout win for the visitors from Minnesota. Siegle was left to wonder what to make of the first game of the 2013 season, which may not have resulted in a win, but the Warrior coach had hoped would have been much more competitive than it turned out.
“It’s an eye opener. There are issues I knew that we had and they showed up huge on the field,” Siegle said. “The thing the frustrates me is, we know there are issues we need to work on, but it just seems like we are slow to react to them out on the field. I think a lot of it is that the speed of the game is so different from the high school game, but also it’s the physical nature of the game. The game’s a lot more physical and I think kids are looking for the refs to bail them out at times rather than play through it.”
Century College controlled the early stages of the contest, taking the opening ball and driving it in for several early scoring chances. The Warriors dodged the early opportunities as the young squad was seemingly trying to get its legs underneath them in its season opener.
Then IHCC committed its first defensive breakdown as David Vilienne connected on a long pass ahead of the Warrior midfield, finding Cody Newton on a breakaway. Newton easily powered a shot past IHCC freshman goalie Colton Mihalovich in the 10th minute to put Century up 1-0.
Century kept the pressure on IHCC, keeping the Warriors on their toes defensively. Eventually, a foul in the box resulted in a penalty shot which would be put home by Ryan Flynn to double the lead for the Wooden Ducks.
Two goals would have been enough for Century to match the total number of attempts IHCC got offensively in the opening match. The Warriors were outshot 18-2 with Sean Puchella and Sebastian Carrion getting the only shots off for Indian Hills on Friday.
“Knowing that we start later than other schools and that we have some kids that have to pay their own way through school, I try not to lay too much on them when they first get here (for the preseason),” Siegle said. “The problem with that is we’re sitting here with three guys out due to academic issues, but I’m still a perfectionist. I knew we were going to have troubles, but it was a letdown. I can live with mistakes in our technique, but effort mistakes are the ones that discourage me.”
A corner-kick goal by Simer Sho put Century up 3-0 and Zach Wilmes, who had a game-high six shots on the night, capped the night with a goal in the 73rd minute to give Century a season-opening win. IHCC (0-1) will have to wait until Sunday to get back on the pitch for a matchup with Wentworth Academy out of Missouri in the Warriors’ ‘Kickoff’ Classic finale at 1 p.m.
“The good news is that we have a game on Sunday and we can focus on doing much better in that game. We can prepare on that game and we have just two days to wait to do a lot better than we showed (Friday),” Siegle said. “That’s the good news. The bad news is we only have two days to correct the mistakes we made. We’ll try to get as many of those corrections made between now and Sunday and see what we can improve on.”
Century (1-0) will face Wentworth today at 3:30 p.m. in Ottumwa.
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MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Century College 4, Indian Hills 0
Century College 3 1 — 4
Indian Hills 0 0 — 0
Century College — Cody Newton goal (David Vilienne assist) 9:15.
Century College — Ryan Flynn penalty kick goal 20:00.
Century College — Simer Sho goal (Anthony Mendez assist) 40:00.
Century College — Zach Wilmes goal (Mendez assist) 73:00.
Century College: Total Shots — 18 (Zach Wilmes 6). Total Saves — 1 (Christian Espitia). Total Fouls — 0.
Indian Hills: Total Shots — 2 (Sebastian Carrion, Sam Puchella). Total Saves — 10 (Colton Mihalovich 10). Total Fouls — 2.