It took the second half of extra time, but the Glenwood Rams girls soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Class 2A Region 3 tournament after defeating Winterset 4-3, Thursday evening.
Jordyn Hanshaw scored the game-winning goal for Glenwood thanks to an assist by Sydney Gutschenritter at the third minute mark of the second half of extra time.
“We’ve been in extra time a lot this season,” Rams Coach Amy Benson said. “We haven’t always come out on top, so we were ready to come out on top finally and win the golden goal opportunity.”
The Rams were quick to attack in the first couple of minutes leading up to Hanshaw’s game-winning goal.
In the first 10 minute period of extra time, both Glenwood and Winterset had opportunities, but neither was able to capitalize.
The Rams struck first when Gutschenritter scored her first of two goals less than seven minutes into the first half, giving Glenwood the 1-0 lead.
Glenwood’s lead lasted for nearly 20 minutes until Winterset tied the match with 13:18 left until halftime.
The Lady Huskies pressed from there, but weren’t able to take the lead.
“We do usually get an early goal and I think we relax a little bit,” Benson said. “We have to work on playing the full game of soccer to make sure that we do send those types of teams home.”
Glenwood scored once more before the half when Gutschenritter scored her second goal on a penalty kick with about a minute until halftime. A handball call set up the penalty kick for Glenwood as Benson said she was confident in Gutschenritter going for the goal.
“That was huge because it was like a gift given to us,” Benson said.
Prior to the handball call, Winterset received a couple of yellow cards, which gave Glenwood the chance to set up and score.
“It was a very busy first half,” Benson said.
The Rams entered halftime with a 2-1 lead.
Winterset scored first to tie the match 2-2 with a goal 2:16 into the first half. The tie didn’t last long though as Ana Frazee gave Glenwood the lead once again just 24 seconds later.
“When somebody scores on us, we tend to come back fighting,” Benson said.
Winterset tied the match 3-3 with a goal with 23:29 left. Both teams had close calls in the final 20 minutes, but the match would enter overtime.
With the win, Glenwood advanced to a Tuesday night game in Greenfield against Nodaway Valley.