Glenwood overcame a 1-0 halftime to win their second straight overtime match in non-conference boys soccer action last Tuesday.
“This felt like a game where they (Sioux City North) came out stronger than us, we hung in there with our defense and we got the momentum back,” said Glenwood coach Shane Keeling.
Marco Carrillo got the Stars on the board when his shot deflected off Ram goalkeeper Nick Frazee’s hands just inside the far post for the game’s first goal with just two minutes to go before halftime.
“We left some goals out there on the field in the first half, there’s no question about it,” Keeling said. “We had opportunities where we could have been up 2-1 but we didn’t finish. In the second half we made some adjustments, moving Colton McNeel and Tyler Jensen into the midfield and they played really well.”
McNeel evened the score with six minutes to go in regulation when his nifty footwork allowed him to curl in a shot just inside the far post to tie the score.
“It was really an impressive shot,” Keeling said. “He completely faked out the goalie. It was just a fantastic finish by Colton.”
Keeling felt that late goal energized his team and seized the momentum. The overtime belonged to the Rams.
Four minutes into the overtime, McNeel added his second goal of the game and the game-winner, when he slid a shot into the far post just outside the reach of the Stars’ goalkeeper.
“We did feel like we had the momentum late in the second half and the overtime,” Keeling said. “We knew we would have to win this game without midfield and once we adjusted and took No. 7 (Stars’ leading goal scorer Pedro Luna) out of it, we were able to break down their formation. This was a big win for us. The kids were really happy to get this one.”
The Rams improve to 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.