A pair of goals by Michaela Moore and Mallory Hoyt in the closing minutes of the first half seized the momentum for Glenwood and two more goals after halftime sealed the win and the Rams' first ever Hawkeye 10 Conference championship in a 4-0 win over Kuemper Catholic last Tuesday.
Glenwood coach Brad Selvey said his team started slowly before coming into their own over the final 50 minutes or so, he said.
“It took us a while to settle down. I wasn't really satisfied with our first 20 or 30 minutes but I think Kuemper knew we had something to prove and they wanted to play well,” said Selvey. The Knights, 5-1 and tied with Council Bluffs Lewis Central, would have finished in a three-way tie in the conference race with a win. “They knew if they won that game they had a shot at the conference title too.
“So we were a little flat and didn't captalize on our opportunities early on but after about 30 minutes the girls settled down really well and we've played as good as we've played all season.”
Once Moore booted in her goal at the 5:21 mark and Hoyt added the Rams' second goal with just under a minute remaining before the half, Selvey said you could see the wind come right out of the Knights' sails.
“Once we got up on them and the girls got a little more confident and comfortable with our opponent and how we could break them down and the rest of the game we put quite a bit of pressure on them. It was a great game.”
Glenwood added a pair of goals after halftime
The Rams are 12-1 on the season and 6-0 in the conference.
“We had a good little celebration afterwords. They're excited,” Selvey said of his team's conference champion celebration. “Now we have to focus on some bigger and better things.”
The Rams open substate play on June 2 hosting Riverside.