The Glenwood boys soccer team got a pair of goals from Trenton McNeel and one each from Riley Townsend, Blake Beier and Payton Kalambokidis in a 5-0 season-opening victory over Tri-Center on Thursday.
The Rams battled cold and rainy conditions to post the first victory for first-year head coach Shane Keeling.
“It was a good, decisive win and a good way to start the season,” Keeling said. “It wasn’t the best conditions and we shook off some jitters but we got a lot of shots on goals and we were able to put some of those in in the second half.”
The match was knotted at 0-0 for much of the first half until Tommy Laudon found Riley Townsend on a perfect crossing pass to set up the Rams’ first goal at the 53:41 mark.
The Rams went into the break up just 1-0, but Keeling sensed his team’s confidence was boosted by the late goal.
“I think our guys knew we were probably a better team and we were out-playing them, we just needed to finish better and not just be content we were getting the shots on the goal,” Keeling said.
Glenwood opened the second frame on fire, scoring four goals in the opening 20 minutes to secure the win. Trenton McNeel scored twice in the Ram barrage, Blake Beier added a header and Kyle Nolan a strike off a Payton Kalambokidis assist.
Keeling credits the second half surge less to any adjustments in the game plan than just to simply executing better.
“We possessed (the ball) better in the second and we attacked better,” he said.
Overall, Keeling would give his team a solid “B” for their first outing.
“We played well but we still have some adjustments to make and some things to clean up,” he said.
Glenwood heads to Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson for a non-conference match on Thursday.