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Ram soccer splits at Johnston tourney

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Glenwood dropped its opener to Class 3A state runner up Johnston before bouncing back for a victory over Nevada in the capper at the Johnston Boys Soccer Invitational Saturday in Des Moines.

Johnston, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, downed Glenwood 4-0 in Saturday’s opening match.

“I felt very good about how we played but we just didn’t play enough,” said Glenwood coach Shane Keeling. “The first half we had some real opportunities. I really thought Payton (Kalambokidis) was going to put one away when we got a high bounce off the turf over their sweeper’s head and he just missed it wide. That goes in and I think we have a lot of confidence.”

Johnston took advantage of all their opportunities in the first half scoring all four of their goals in the first 40 minutes.

“I was really proud of our guys’ effort in the second half shutting them out,” Keeling said. “I think that was a mental win for us showing our guys we could play with them.”

In the capper, Glenwood got goals from Colton McNeel, Scout Crow and Ryan Leu.

“We got off to a better start because I think playing a game already on the turf was helpful,” Keeling said. “We were able to get out and jump on them early.”

Glenwood, who had 29 shots on goal, led 3-0 at halftime in the win.

C.B. T.J. 3, OT
Glenwood 2

Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson handed Glenwood a 3-2 overtime loss in boys soccer at City Park in Council Bluffs Thursday.

“It was a back and forth game and that was kind of what I expected going there,” said Glenwood coach Shane Keeling of his team’s first road game. “They had nothing to lose and I thought we would play better than we did.”

Payton Kalambokidis got Glenwood on the board early with the game’s first goal and a 1-0 Ram lead. But the Yellowjackets responded with a goal of their own 10 minutes later to knot the score at 1-1 heading into halftime.

In the second half, Thomas Jefferson broke the deadlock with a goal early on for the 2-1 lead. The score would remain that way until Kalambokidis got free again to tie the game at 2-2.

In overtime, T.J. was the aggressor and a break down in the Ram defense at the wrong time allowed the Yellowjackets to escape with a header by Miguel Martinez off a corner kick early in the extra frame.

“Our guys just stood and watched. Our goalie was upset on himself for the goal but it really wasn’t his fault. Our defense just didn’t move. And that was the game.”