Neither the Missouri Valley defense nor frigid sleet could slow the Glenwood boys soccer team in their season opener Thursday.
Eight different Rams scored at least one goal for Glenwood in a 14-0 romp over Missouri Valley.
“We started slow, we had some opportunities the first 20 minutes, and we didn’t covert,” Glenwood coach Shane Keeling said. “They (Missouri Valley) played an outside trap early. We’re used to playing on a wider field and playing wide with our through balls to our forwards and they were drawing us off-sides pushing further and further up the field.”
The next 20 minutes, however, the Rams more than made up for those early disappointments, thanks to a Keeling adjustment in offensive strategy.
“We cycled through a lot of guys early,” Keeling said. “I think 13 or 14 kids played that first 20 or 25 minutes and once we told them we had to start taking on their outside fullbacks and not try and play for the perfect through ball all the time, then we would breakdown their defense. And pretty much as soon as we started doing that, we got a goal and it was just a flurry of goals after that.”
Glenwood led 12-0 at halftime – all coming in the final 20 minutes of the half.
“We had a lot of quality attacks early that we didn’t finish and once we finished one, it pretty much broke their defense down,” Keeling said.
Payton Kalambokidis tied a school record for goals in a game with four.
"He played a great game and could have easily had a few more goals,” Keeling said.
Brandon Bichel added three goals and Ryan Phillips two. Ian Sloan, Ryan Leu, Colton McNeel, Connor Weis and Scout Crow also each added goals.
“We had a ton of different guys contribute all over the field,” Keeling said.
Weis started in goal before giving way to Cob Baker in the second half. The pair combined to repel 14 Big Reds’ shots on goal.