Leu header lifts Rams to win

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

OMAHA - Harlan was the aggressor early but a Ryan Leu header late was the difference for Class 2A, No. 10 ranked Glenwood the victor late in a 2-1 Hawkeye 10 Conference boys soccer match at Morrison Stadium on the campus of Creighton University Thursday.

“We’ve talked about this time and time again and there’s no excuse for it when we come out flat the first 15 or 20 minutes before we starting clicking on all cylinders,” said Glenwood coach Shane Keeling. “We have to play every minute we’re out there or other teams make you pay for it. And they had us on our heels to start.”

Harlan wasted little time coming right after Glenwood, missing on a point blank shot in the opening 34 seconds   and  taking the 1-0 lead nine minutes later on Hunter Kloewer’s goal off an Ethan Knudson’s corner kick.

But Glenwood would weather the storm.

“I think we could have hung our heads after being down 1-0 and the team that plays the whole game will come out ahead,” he said.

Jacob Anderson’s looping shot over Cyclone goalkeeper Joshua Brelje’s head in he 25th minute knotted the score at 1-1.

“We knew their goalie liked to play out a bit so we concentrated on taking some longer shots and Jacob just happened to touch the ball forward in the midfield from the right side and hit a bomb that got over the keeper’s head,” Keeling said.

The goal did more than just tie the game, Keeling said. It gave his team the momentum.

“That really helped our confidence. Frankly, we out shot them 29-9 so we had a lot of opportunities. If we could have put one more in before half, I think that might have proverbially broken their backs,” Keeling said. “We had a lot of good quality attacks and they had some nice saves.”

Instead, Glenwood had to wait until halftime to finish off the Cyclones.

Leu stepped in front of a pitch-perfect corner kick for his game-winning header in the 49th minute gave Glenwood the win.

“He played lights out,” Keeling said of Leu. “He’s played some great games the last three years for us but he picked a good time to do it last night as well.”

The Rams improved to 3-2 on the season.

Harlan drops to 3-1.