“It's not the team that plays the prettiest that wins. It's the team that scores the most goals that wins,” said Glenwood coach Brad Silvey of his team's 2-1 Class 2A District semifinal loss to Council Bluffs St. Albert on Friday at Iowa Western Community College.
“Honestly, we played the game we wanted to play. We had strong possessions and spread it out well. Unfortunately, St. Albert finished better than we did and we couldn’t come back,” said Silvey.
The Saintes took the early 1-0 lead on Stephanie Moran’s goal when the Rams failed to clear a ball Moran stepped in front of and booted just past the outstretched hand of Glenwood goalkeeper Nicole Sowers.
St. Albert boosted their lead to 2-0 on an unlikely throw in assist from Abby Schlater, who passed into a crowd of Saintes and Rams that freshman Karissa Herrington banged off the post and into the goal with just over 26 minutes to go in the game.
“It was a tough goal,” said Silvey. “It turned out to be enough though. We just couldn't make that up.”
The Rams finally got on the board with just over 15 minutes remaining when Sam Richards dished a pass to Mallory Hoyt just inside the six-yard box for a goal that cut the Saintes lead to 2-1.
But St. Albert's defense would continue to stymie the Rams the rest of the way.
“I thought we had them on their heels a little bit when we got that goal but I have to give them credit,” said Silvey. “We had some decent build up but they just tracked us well and forced us out of the 18 yard box all night and their keeper knocked down a lot of our shots.
“I'm proud of how we played. We just couldn't get it done.”
The Rams finished their season with a record of 14-2 after losing their last six games and finished 5-9 last season. All but three seniors return for Glenwood next season including top goal scorers Michaela Moore (17 goals) and Mallory Hoyt (15 goals, 12 assists).
“This was an awesome season,” said Silvey. “It wasn't how we wanted to finish the season but we showed a lot of growth and improvement this year. It was good year.”
Glenwood defeated Riverside 6-0 in the Class 2A district opener last Tuesday.
The win was the Rams' second over Riverside this year after a 5-1 win 10 days earlier.
Mallory Hoyt had two goals to lead Glenwood and Hailey Johnson, Michaela Moore, Alyssia Valqueir and Nicky Audesmore each added goals.
“I'm proud of how we played. It's not easy to beat the same team twice,” said Glenwood coach Brad Silvey. “That 5-1 win was an ugly win. This one was one of the most complete 80 minutes of soccer we played all season.”