Most coaches would have a hard time finding positives in dropping back-to-back games by a combined score of 7-4.
The Glenwood boys soccer coach is not one of those coaches, after his team dropped a 5-3 decision to Davenport Assumption and a 2-1 shootout loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier at the Norwalk Invitational on Saturday.
“The kids are down and it was a tough day, but I saw a lot of good things,” said Artist of his 1-2 Rams. “Sure, we lost both games, but it was a positive experience for our young kids. I told them, it’s better we lose these types of games now than at the end of the year. We have time, we’ll get better.”
In game one, Assumption used the wind to explode for a 5-0 first half lead.
But the second half, Artist said, was a totally different game.
“If we could throw that first half out, it would have been a whole new game,” said Artist. “I don’t know if it was our youth or the early start, but it was about as ugly a first half as we’ve played. We missed a lot of easy ones and made a lot of mental mistakes.
“In the second half, we had the wind and played a lot better. We really showed some heart in the second half.”
Joey Stivers, Nathan Knight and Taylor Kaufman scored goals for Glenwood. Josh Keim and Zach Zenor had an assist each.
In the tournament capper, Glenwood got on the board first on Taylor Kaufman’s goal off a Zenor assist. Xavier came back to knot the score at 1-1 just before halftime.
The scored would remain tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation. Joey Stivers, Zenor and Drake Ruth all scored their shootout goals but Blake Rose and Steve Gutschenritter were turned away as the Saints outscored the Rams 4-3 in the shoot-out for the 2-1 win.
“Again we played a good ball game but we didn’t capitalize on all our opportunities,” Artist said, adding his team had two point-blank shots bounce off the pole in regulation. “To be honest, this just felt like an unlucky day for us.
Despite have a strong wind at its backs in the first half, the Glenwood boys soccer team got two second half goals from Zach Zenor and Brian Lilly in a 2-0 season-opening victory over Tri-Center on Thursday.
Neither team seemed to be able to take advantage of a 30 mile an hour wind in either half, said Glenwood coach Mike Artist.
“It was just good to get this first one out of the way and get a win under out belt to start the year,” said Artist.
After a 0-0 first half, the Rams finally punctured Tri-Center’s offense with Zenor’s and Lilly’s goals.
“They not real deep, they have just 15 players so they didn’t have a whole lot of offense,” said Artist.
The Rams held a 11-1 edge in shots on goal.
The Glenwood junior varsity played a 40 minute game after the varsity contest, winning 5-0.