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Rams’ state hopes end in district finals at A-D-M

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

A year after Glenwood defeated A-D-M in a razor thin shootout the tables were turned in Adel on Monday as A-D-M came back from a 1-0 deficit to down the Rams 3-2 in the Class 2A, Region 2 finals.

The win propels the Tigers to state and ends Glenwood's season at 11-8.

“We had several good chances. We just didn't get it done,” said Glenwood coach Mike Artist after the game.

The Rams got on the board first in the final when Brian Lilly found the net with just over four minutes gone in the game. But the Tigers bounced back, exploding for three goals in the final 20 minutes of the half and a 3-1 lead at the break.

Glenwood cut that lead to 3-2 with just over 15 minutes remaining in the game on Zach Zenor's penalty kick but they could get no closer as the Tigers played keep away as the clock ticked away on the Rams' season.

“They're a good team and they played well,” said Artist. “They controlled the ball and took good shots. They were the better team tonight but we didn't capitalize on our opportunities. We're disappointed in the loss but not with the season we had.

Glenwood 3,

Harlan 1

Glenwood avenged an earlier 2-0 loss and advanced to the Class 2A, Substate 8 finals with a 3-1 win over Harlan on Thursday.

Playing on the Cyclones narrow football field, Ram coach Mike Artist said his team “dominated” play the first 15 minutes but still trailed 1-0.

“Shoulda, woulda, coulda, but we had a lot of chances and should have been up

3-0, we were just dominating, we just couldn’t finish,” Artist said. “And they got possession of the ball and marched right down and scored.”

But the Rams bounced back to tie the score at 1-1 heading into the break.

In the second half, Glenwood took control on offense and defense, out scoring the Cyclones 2-0 and finishing the Hawkeye 10 champion and state ranked No. 7 Cyclones’ 14-1 season.

“They had a few chances, but for the most part, we dominated 80 percent of that game. We moved well and we moved the ball well and finished when we had to,” said Artist.

The win avenges the Rams’ 2-0 loss to Harlan in the regular season in a game where Artist felt his team was better everywhere except on the scoreboard.

“We had a real good practice Wednesday and like I told the boys, ‘This time of year, we’re 11 weeks in and it all comes down to whether you want to finish the season strong or go home early. These guys have potential and they play with a lot of heart,” he said. “Even though we were 9-7 going into substate we knew we had a lot of potential to have a lot better record.

“All the way up there, we were relaxed and focused. You can usually tell when your team is focused or not and I could tell, we felt good and I thought we could come away with a win and we did. We really played well.”

Grant Loeffelbein, Zach Zenor and Cory Simms scored the Rams’ goals.

Glenwood 12,

Atlantic 1

Glenwood got goals from nine different players in a 12-1 rout of Atlantic in the Class 2A, Substate 8 boys soccer first round last Tuesday.

“We knew it might go this way, they’ve only been playing soccer four years I think and they didn’t really play well,” said Artist, whose team defeated the Trojans 8-0 earlier this season at the Creighton University Soccer Complex in Omaha. “It was just sort of a good game for us to get back into rhythm, not get anybody injured and get everybody in.”

The Rams dominated from the beginning, leading 8-0 at halftime.

Nathan Knight and Brian Lilly had two goals each while Hunter McNeel, Taylor Kaufman, Joey Stivers, Steven Gutschenritter, Zach Zenor, Josh Keim and Blake Rose each had one goal for Glenwood.