OMAHA - Tyler Jensen, Parker Baker and Ross Van Slyke each scored a goal for Glenwood in a 3-1 Hawkeye 10 Conference boys soccer victory over Harlan on Friday at Morrison Stadium on the campus of Creighton University.
Jensen got the Rams (4-2 overall, 1-1 in the conference) on the board early when he beat two Cyclone defenders and whipped a dart just inside the right bar from 25 yards out.
“It was just a great finish,” Glenwood coach Shane Keeling said of Jensen’s goal. “He sort of spun 180 degrees between two defenders and put it in the corner just past their goalkeeper. It was a great shot.”
The Rams’ quick start was by design. Keeling said on a cold, blustery night with winds howling through downtown Omaha, his team was determined to win the first 10 minutes and take the Cyclones out of the game early.
“We really challenged our captains and seniors in warm ups,” Keeling said. “We wanted to be aggressive and communicate and set the tone for the game from the start. We jumped out early and we were in control from there.”
Up 1-0 at the half, Baker got on the board for the Rams in the 50th minute from just inside the 18-yard box on the left side.
The Cyclones (1-4) came back to get a goal of their own a few minutes later but Glenwood responded in kind.
Van Slyke’s answer a few minutes later all but sealed it for the Rams.
“It was great to see us respond like that,” Keeling said. “He (Van Slyke) made a great shot and he played a great game. He’s contributed so much for us in the mid field.”
C.B. Lewis Central 3
Council Bluffs Lewis Central scored three second-half goals to hand Glenwood its first Hawkeye 10 Conference loss of the season on Thursday.
After a scoreless first half, the Titans found the net three times in the final 40 minutes.
“We couldn’t find the goal and L.C. had a great strategy that worked,” Glenwood coach Shane Keeling said. “They wanted to take away our through ball so they packed in the defense and used their sweeper right at the 18-yard box. They took away a lot of our offense.”