Soccer: Greene County boys fall short of return to substate final
A first half lead quickly evaporated Monday.
The Greene County boys’ soccer team held a 1-0 lead in the first half of their Class 1A, substate semifinal against 12th-ranked Des Moines Christian, only to watch it slither away.
The Lions clawed back for a 3-1 victory in Urbandale, scoring a pair of goals in the second half to avoid the upset. The Rams were hoping to reach the substate final for the third time in as many tries.
Greene County secured an early lead Monday, scoring a goal five minutes into the contest. The Rams led much of the remaining half before DMC notched an equalizer with 7:38 left in the opening half.
The two squads were knotted at 1 at the half time break.
The Lions wasted little time taking their first lead of the contest as the second half got underway, scoring just four minutes into the frame for a 2-1 lead.
Des Moines Christian then clinched victory not even 10 minutes later, securing the decisive 3-1 advantage with 26 minutes left.
The Lions (11-4) advanced to play Nevada (14-6) Wednesday in the substate 7 final in Nevada.
Greene County earned its way into the substate semifinals with a dominating 5-0 win over Chariton in the first round of substate play May 17 in Grand Junction.
Gesser Gutierres scored two goals on four shots while Brenner Gallagher, Jack Hansen Jose Velazco each chipped in one goal apiece. As a team, the Rams tallied 15 total shots while they allowed just two shots on goal.
The Rams finished the year 10-5 overall, producing a four game winning streak before losing to DMC.
Gutierres led the team with 18 goals while Jose Velazco chipped in 13 in addition to Gallagher’s 10 goals. The Rams scored 49 goals as a team to go with 211 total shots.
Sophomore Gabe Ebersole played every minute in goal, tallying 94 saves and 17 goals against.