Rams split pair at Omaha South

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood boys soccer team bounced back from a tough loss to host Omaha South to win its second game at the Omaha South Soccer Invitational last weekend.

    The Rams (6-3 overall, 3-1 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference) fell behind early and never recovered in a 10-0 loss to the Nebraska powerhouse Packers. The game was ended by mercy rule with 33 minutes to go in the second half.
    “I didn’t hear any excuses,” said Glenwood coach Shane Keeling of the South loss. “We felt like we had a great game plan and we knew what they wanted to do but we just could stop them. Their skill level is very good and we might have been a little intimidated. They’re one of the top teams in Nebraska and they’ve beaten just about everybody by eight goals.”
    Glenwood, however, would back for a 3-2 win over Nebraska City in the tournament capper on Saturday.
    “We responded fairly well,” said Glenwood coach Shane Keeling. “We talked about responding to the South game and playing better on the defensive end. And I think we did that but we still gave up too many goals and we have to get better at that.”
    Jake Radcliff got his first goal of the season in the early going against Nebraska City. Tyler Jensen and Scout Crow added a pair of goals to complete the Ram scoring.
    Through nine games a year ago the Rams allowed 29 goals. This year that number is 23 but Keeling is still looking for improvement in his back third.
    “I feel like we have made some improvements but we need some more leadership and communication back there,” he said. “And we need to work on finishing better. We’ve scored 28 goals in 175 shots. That’s not bad but we can do better.”