Anna Zander, Sports Information Director
PELLA – After play was suspended on Saturday, the Iowa Wesleyan men’s soccer team headed to Pella, Iowa on Sunday to once again face off against Central College. The first attempt between the two teams was suspended with five minutes remaining in the first half with Central leading 2-1. Because the first have was unable to be completed, the match would be restarted from the beginning yesterday.
Iowa Wesleyan had the slight advantage over the Dutch in the opening half of play, taking five shots compared to Central’s three shots. The Tigers took utilized their advantage at the 15:34 minute mark. Fabian Arvizu scored his first goal of the season to put Iowa Wesleyan in front 1-0 with a rebound off the crossbar.
Central would take a couple shots late, but both would miss the mark wide to the right. At the half, IW held the 1-0 lead.
The second half was a different story when looking at the stat line. Central controlled the ball for much of the half, taking 17 shots while Iowa Wesleyan had just two. Chris Rimmer recorded four saves in the second half along. The Dutch evened the score at 1-1 at the 84:28 minute. They had two late shots to try to take the lead, but the first was blocked and the second one was high. Regulation would end with the score knotted at 1-1.
Central once again outshot the Tigers, but it was Iowa Wesleyan who came out on top in the overtime period. Both shots by the Dutch sailed high, and IW took over possession of the ball. Mariano Mateo netted the game winner with a shot off the left post, giving the Tigers the 2-1 victory.
Chris Rimmer earned the win in the net, finishing the match with five saves in 96:43 minutes of play.