The Glenwood boys soccer team wrapped up the Hawkeye 10 Conference title with a dominating 3-0 victory over Denison last Monday.
The Rams (14-2 overall, 5-1 in the conference) have won eight straight games. Glenwood has also now captured two of the past three Hawkeye 10 titles.
“It was nice to see,” said Glenwood coach Mike Artist of his team’s conference title. “It was one of our goals. Two out of the last three isn’t bad.”
Denison, which had lost five straight games heading into the Glenwood match, had nothing to lose and they played that way, said Artist. The two teams were locked in an aggressive stalemate for most of the first half before Ram forward Trenton McNeel sliced a corner kick through the Monarch defense to a waiting Taylor Kaufman who headed it in for the goal. The set piece worked perfectly, said Artist, and it’s one his team works a lot on in practice.
“Taylor has good instincts and a good vertical leap,” said the coach. “I leave him on that back post for that reason. It wasn’t too hard for him to get that one in. He was unmarked, came in the box and the ball was there. He just had to put it into the back of the net. We work on that a lot.”
Glenwood got on the board again 10 minutes later when the Denison goalkeeper swatted down a shot but the Rams’ Blake Beier was right there for the rebound which he dished over to a wide-open Tyler Jensen for the goal.
The Rams final goal came on a Beau Johnson second half penalty kick.
“They played a lot harder in the second half. They had their chances and (goalkeeper) Matt (Schulz) came up big for us on more than two or three occasions. They (Denison) pressured hard and they transitioned really well from offense to defense and that caught us off guard before we adjusted.”
Despite their differences in record and the final score, Artist said the Monarch’s fought his team to the end.
“They really wanted to beat us,” said Artist. “This was a pretty regular Glenwood vs. Denison match up as a far as I’m concerned. Records just don’t matter. They are well coached. It got a little rough there in the second half but we kept our heads, played with class and 3-0 kind of tells the story.
“Overall this was a good game for us to win and get us ready for substate.”
Glenwood midfielder Cory Simms went down with a first half ankle injury and did not return. Artist didn’t know Simms’ status or his availability for tonight’s substate opener at 6:30 p.m.