Glenwood girls advance to first regional soccer final in five years

GLENWOOD, Iowa — Glenwood coach Amy Benson was keeping an eye on Denison-Schleswig goalkeeper Kailey Pick.

When she was playing aggressive and coming off her line, the Rams had a hard time finding the back of the net, but when she sat back, Benson knew her team could exploit the space and put the ball away.

The Rams scored twice in the first five minutes of the match and poked in another after a late first-half breakaway, but they didn’t completely find their groove until Mia McCorkle retrieved a pass by Nikki Schuppan and sent it over the keeper and into the back of the net in the 54th minute.

That kicked off a stretch of four goals in five minutes, and turned a Class 2-A regional semifinal that was expected to be competitive into a blowout.

“I said if we get one over the top of her, then she’s going to be a little more conservative again,” Benson said. “And we got one over the top of her, and then she dropped back just a little bit, and that helped open it up again for us.”

The 13th-ranked Rams (11-4) ultimately won it 9-2, advancing to Monday’s regional final against No. 1 Lewis Central (14-3) at Titan Stadium at 6 p.m. It will be Glenwood’s first regional final appearance in five years.

“Right now, I’m so excited,” said McCorkle, who upped her season goal total to 15. “Getting past this second round is a big deal for us.”

McCorkle, a senior, finished with a team-high four goals, scoring twice in each half. She said the Rams were more focused on Wednesday than they were in their 3-1 win over the Monarchs earlier in the season, and they fed off their ability to get good looks.

“We came out stronger than we did last time,” McCorkle added. “Once we get a shot on goal, we just keep going. It’s just, like, a reaction.”

Freshman Avery Blasdel contributed a pair of goals, and Kelly Embray, Schuppan and Maiah Williams each found the back of the net once. Schuppan and Katelyn Malcom both added two assists, while Cameryn Young and Abigail Schultz each posted one.

Alex Mohr (31 goals on the year) and Tori Herrig (18) each scored late for the Monarchs, who closed the season at 9-7.

Glenwood, meanwhile, will get another crack at two-time defending 2-A champion Lewis Central. The Titans beat the Rams 5-0 in Hawkeye Ten conference play.

“Hopefully we’ll redeem ourselves,” Benson said. “That’s the plan.”

Denison-Schleswig (9-7)….0 2 – 2

Glenwood (10-4)……………3 6 – 9

Goals: G, Mia McCorkle 4, Avery Blasdel 2, Kelly Embray, Nikki Schuppan, Maiah Williams; D-S, Alex Mohr, Torri Herrig

Assists: G, Schuppan, Katelyn Malcom, Cameryn Young, Abigail Schultz.

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