The Glenwood boys soccer team improved to 5-2 on the season and 3-0 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference with a 2-0 victory over Kuemper Catholic Thursday.
The Rams, who won on a penalty kick in overtime last season over the Knights, didn’t need any late game heroics. Just some creative offense, said Glenwood coach Shane Keeling.
“We knew Kuemper would be physical,” Keeling said. “And they were just that. They had rock solid fullbacks.”
So far in their 3-0 conference start, the conference strategy for Keeling’s Rams has been to pack in the box and drop as many as eight defenders.
“We’ve been working on putting in shots from outside the 18 (yard) box but we’ve also been trying to load the box and getting physical in there ourselves. We need to take guys more one-on-one and finish. That’s different for us but we’re trying to go about it differently.”
The differences seemed to work. Jacob Anderson found the goal late in the first half to give Glenwood a 1-0 lead.
Brett Maxwell added an insurance goal in the second half to seal the win.
“Jacob has been real consistent for us,” Keeling said. “His adjustment is probably the best thing we did. He’s playing in the midfield this year. He played fullback all last season.”
The Rams out-shot the Knights 22-6 on goal. Keeling said his team’s shots—on-goal benchmark appears to be 21.
“We get 21 shots on goal, we usually win,” Keeling said. “If we’re in that eight or nine range, we kind of get ourselves in trouble.”
Glenwood out-shot Atlantic 33-5 and got two goals each from Jacob Anderson and Scout Crow in a 6-0 victory last Tuesday.
After a slow start, Anderson got the Rams on the board early. Glenwood added two more goals before halftime.
“The score could have probably just as easily been 12-0,” said Glenwood coach Shane Keeling. “We had a lot of opportunities to finish. We’ve been flat footed coming out of the game in some games and we’re trying to get away from that. We sort of started slow but once we got it going, the lid sort of game off the goal.”
Brett Maxwell, in his first game back from a foot injury, had a goal. Ryan Leu also added a goal.
“Those two really played well,” Keeling said of Leu and Maxwell. “And Daniel Leu probably had his best game of the year. He really shut down (Trojan leading goal scorer) Matt Smith. He was on him all game and pretty much shut him down.”