The Glenwood boys soccer team snapped Creston’s nine game winning streak and made it five wins in a row for the Rams with a 3-0 victory over the Panthers Thursday.
The Rams (7-2 overall, 5-0 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) knew they were in for a challenge.
“We knew with them at 9-1 and having won 9-0 in a row they would be confident and they had some pretty athletic, talented kids,” said Glenwood coach Shane Keeling. “We knew we had to play a complete game and match up well. I thought this was our most complete game from start to finish.”
Glenwood got an early goal from Jacob Anderson to take a 1-0 lead. A tactical offensive adjustment paid dividends later in the half when Keeling slid left-footed Brandon Bichel up to the right side to attack the left side of the Panther defense.
“We thought we could have some success against that left side of their back line,” Keeling said. “We thought we could exploit that and Brandon got some good touches and we knew he’d have a ton of one-on-one opportunities.”
Bichel got his chance late in the first half, broke down his defender and slid a shot past goalkeeper Alex Nielsen into the side net for a 2-0 lead.
“He was more physical than their back line. He did a great job breaking down their defense,” Keeling said.
Payton Kalambokidis added a second half insurance goal to seal the win.
The Rams defense held Connor Pals, who entered with 17 goals to lead the conference, without even a shot on goal.
“The key was (fullback) Daniel Leu’s understanding of what they wanted to do to get him the ball,” Keeling said. “He was able to shut him down with his quickness and his understanding of what to not do to put himself into recovery mode with runs and standing up and keeping (Pals) in front of him.”
The win puts Glenwood at 5-0 and firmly in control of their conference destiny with two conference matches remaining against Denison and Council Bluffs St. Albert.
“We feel pretty good about where we are in the conference,” Keeling said. “But we still have two games against teams and we’re not going to write off any games.”
C.B. Lewis Central 0
The Glenwood boys soccer team got three goals from Payton Kalambokidis and out-shot Council Bluffs Lewis Central 40-3 on goal in a dominating 7-0 Hawkeye 10 Conference soccer victory last Monday.
The Rams were on the offensive from the opening tap. Ross Van Slyke’s dart from 25 yards out ricocheted off the cross bar just a minute into the game setting the tone for the Rams’ offensive explosion.
Glenwood had 17 shots on goal alone in the first half and yet led just 1-0 at intermission.
“The first half we completely flooded them and some things came easier than I thought they might but we needed to finish those first half shots and we didn’t,” said Glenwood coach Shane Keeling. “We had a lot of opportunities including two open goal shots that went wide that first half. We had a ton of quality attacks but we didn’t finish.”
The Rams seemed to fix that in the second half with six goals.
“We knew we were capable of getting those goals and in and getting a win like this but the flood gates definitely opened in the second half,” Keeling said.
Kalambokidis, in his first game back since sitting out three games with a foot injury, picked up right where he left off with three goals. The senior leads the Rams with nine goals this season.
Brandon Bichel added two goals and Jacob Anderson and Logan McCorkle each had a goal. Bichel also dished out three assists.
Connor Weis recorded his third straight conference shutout in the win.