After a sluggish first half in temperatures hovering around 90 degrees the Glenwood girls soccer team really heated up in the first two minutes of the second half with a pair of goals that has the Rams back in the state soccer tournament for the third straight season.
No. 3 ranked Glenwood got goals from Michaela Moore in the 41st minute and from Makenzie Evans a minute later in a 3-0 victory over No. 15 ranked Nodaway Valley in the Class 2A, Region 4 finals on Monday.
“We came out a little slow and we talked at halftime about playing our game,” said Glenwood coach Caitlin McIntosh. We said in the second half we had 40 minutes to get the result we wanted. And that’s what we came out and did. We settled down, got the jitters out of our system and were able to execute.”
After a scoreless first half where each team squandered several scoring opportunities, Glenwood began the second stanza determined not let those opportunities escape again. Following a scramble in the box on a missed shot by Moore, Evans found Moore again and this time the senior made it count, sinking her 44th goal of the season just 1:23 into the second half.
Evans got on the board herself 1:34 later with a rocket from just outside the 18 yard box.
And just like that, Glenwood was up 2-0 and preparing travel plans for Muscatine.
“There were a few threats early on in the first half that threw us off and then as the half wore on they didn’t seem to threaten us as much as they had been,” McIntosh said. “It took us a little while to settle down and get into our stride. We just kept trying to do our thing, trying to settle down and connect on passes and as it got more into the game they started playing our way, which is more of possession type game.”
Glenwood’s Gretchen Dehn added an insurance goal with just over a minute left in the game.
For the Rams it’s their third straight trip to state. After being ousted in the first round in 2010 and reaching the semifinals last year, McIntosh’s squad has it’s eyes on the big prize this year.
“We’re going to state and we’re always hoping to do better than the year before,” she said. “When you get to the big show you’re playing against the best teams in the state and we’re hoping to show we deserve to be there. We want to see the best competition.”
The Rams will open state play on Thursday at the Muscatine Soccer Complete at 2 p.m. against No. 6 ranked Union (15-3).