The Glenwood girls soccer team finished 3-0 at the A-D-M Invitational Soccer Tournament this weekend in Adel to improved to 8-0 on the season.
The Rams, ranked No. 11 in Class 2A, came out a little flat in the tournament opener, said coach Brad Silvey, but bounced back in a 3-2 opening round win over Hoover on Friday.
“Our focus wasn’t there to open the game,” said Selvey. “Maybe it was being out of town or staying the night in a hotel, but we didn’t stay focused.”
After Michaela Moore opened the scoring for the Rams in the early minutes of the game, Hoover came back to knot twice before Moore closed out the scoring with the game-winner.
“We snuck one in late,” admitted Selvey. “We outshot them pretty good for the game but we still didn’t take advantage of our chances like we should have.”
In the second game, the Rams rolled to a 2-0 win behind two more goals by Moore.
With the three starters out in game three - including Moore, the team’s leading scorer - the Rams got a goal from Mallory Hoyt, off a nice pass from Sam Richards, with just over 10 minutes left in the game to defeat the host Tigers 1-0.
“It was a good win,” Selvey said. “We were definitely the better team but we were fortunate to get a score when we did.”
The tournament featured some of the most physical play his team has seen this year, said Selvey. Something he said his team will have to get used to going forward -- especially with a state ranking target on their backs.
“We lost one girl to a concussion and a lot of girls with bumps and bruises. I think its something we weren’t prepared for but I’m really proud of how the girls adapted their play,” he said. “I think this can help us the rest of the season.”
Michaela Moore scored three goals and Mallory Hoyt two as the Glenwood girls routed Atlantic 7-0 at the Creighton University Soccer Complex in Omaha last Monday.
A steady wind and the bigger field were big factor all night, said Glenwood coach Brad Silvey.
“We talked about using the wind and the width of the field to our advantage, especialy with a team like Atlantic, they tend to pack things in the box and we needed to stretch them out and attack. I think we did that pretty well,” he said. “It’s a good win. I mean with the codntions and the wind, the team played pretty well and used the with in every possession. We really created a lot of opportunities and scored on a lot of them.”
The Rams constant attacking offense had the Trojanns playing on their heals.
“When its blowing like this it can be a one or two man advantage,” Silvey said. “And its tough for any defense to work any ball out when there’s a constant element working against you like that.”
Moore added an assists to go with her hat trick.
Hope Foreman and Gretchen Dehn each added goals.