Larry Happel, Director of Athletics Relations
PELLA — The 2019 American Rivers Conference regular season champions, the Central College men’s soccer team took over top spot in the United Soccer Coaches North Region rankings Monday.
Central (14-2-2) is 4-1-1 against other programs in the regional rankings. It has a 2-1 win at No. 2 Luther College, a 3-2 win against No. 4 Loras College, a 3-2 win at No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) and a 2-1 win at No. 10 Simpson College. The Dutch tied 2-2 against No. 8 Knox College (Ill.).
A 5-0 victory against Buena Vista University last Tuesday clinched the conference crown for the Dutch. The team received a bye in the first round of the league tournament.
In the team’s 18 games, Central is outscoring opponents 40-18, led by freshman Matthew West’s (midfielder, Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS) nine goals. Classmate Charlie Pritchard (forward, Ankeny)leads the team with six assists.
Central opens the conference tournament on Wednesday at home against the No. 5 seed Luther College. That match will start at 1:30 p.m. from Pella’s A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex.