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Glenwood splits pair at Johnston tourney

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood boys soccer team split a pair of games at the Johnston Invitational on Saturday in Johnston.

    The Rams edged Dallas Center-Grimes 2-1 in a game that ended 1-1 in regulation and was decided by shootout. In game two, Class 3A ranked No. 5 Johnston outlasted Glenwood 3-1.
    “It was a good day, a little chilly, but we played alright in the two games,” said Glenwood coach Mike Artist.
    Against Dallas Center-Grimes, the Rams’ Tyler Jensen knotted the score at 1-1 to send the game into the penalty kick phase in lieu of an overtime period.
    “The game was regulation but they were worried about the weather so they went right to penalty kicks,” said Artist.
    Joey Stivers, Steve Gutschenritter, Trenton McNeel and Jensen each scored on their shootout goals to the Mustangs’ three.
    “It was a good game and they (Dallas Center-Grimes) are quick but we felt like we should have had this game (under control) earlier. We had plenty of chances. We just didn’t get some shots in,” said Artist.
    The host Dragons led 2-0 at halftime before the Rams’ Stivers took an assist from McNeel to cut the lead to 2-1 early in the second half. But that was as close as Glenwood would get until a final goal by the Dragons during what the Rams thought was a stoppage in play. The  final score was 3-1.
    “Our kids saw time run out but the referee kept it going and they got a goal in on it,” she said. “We didn’t like it and it’s frustrating, but not much we could do.”
    Johnston, who Artist called the best team his Rams have seen thus far this season, used its quickness and tight passing combinations to take Glenwood out of its game early.
    “This was a completely different game than the first game,” said Artist. “I think we were intimidated a little bit in the first half especially. We settled down in the second half but they (Johnston) are a very, very good team. This was a good game for us to see where we are.”

Glenwood 5,
C.B. Thomas Jefferson 0
    The Class 2A No. 5 ranked Glenwood boys combined a stifling defensive effort and four second- half goals to improve to 2-0 on the season with a 5-0 win over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson last Tuesday.
    The Rams got on the board in the first half when Steven Gutschenritter booted in his own rebounded shot for the early 1-0 lead.
    It was more of the same in the second half. Blake Beier, Zac Sorensen,  Trenton McNeel and Hunter McNeel all found the back of the net over the final 40 minutes.
    “They always seem to play us tough but we always seem to have their number,” said Glenwood coach Mike Artist. “They lost a lot of kids from last season and we played pretty well. I was very happy with how we played for it being our second game.”
    The win was the Rams’ ninth straight over Thomas Jefferson, who dropped to 0-2 on the season.