ADEL, Iowa — Pulling even in the 64th minute, Glenwood gave itself a very realistic shot at getting back to the boys state soccer tournament.
But a decisive two-minute stretch turned those chances into a long shot.
Eighth-rated ADM answered with goals in the 68th and 70th minutes, and then held off No. 14 Glenwood's late charge for a 4-3 Class 2-A substate final victory at the ADM field.
“Things can happen very quickly,” Glenwood coach Shane Keeling said. “They exploited us on the back side a couple times.”
ADM (16-4) advances to state for the fourth time, all in the last seven seasons. The Tigers earned the fifth seed and will play at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. against fourth-seeded Webster City (18-2-1).
Seeking its seventh state trip in 10 years, Glenwood closed at 13-9 in Keeling's first season.
The Rams tied the game at 2 in the 64th minute when senior Trenton McNeel worked himself free after a Tyler Jensen throw-in and blasted home a goal from short range.
The Rams seemed to have dodged a major threat in the 67th minute when keeper Nick Frazee made a great save on a point-blank shot by senior Jonah Waldron, who entered the game tied for third in the state with 30 goals.
But 35 seconds later, a Ram defender failed to clear the ball and Waldron made them pay, breaking the tie with 12:30 left.
An even more crucial play came less than two minutes later. Freshman Jacob Hutzell made a long crossing pass from the right wing to 5-foot-3 freshman Derek Gushiken, who was streaking down the left side. Gushiken headed it in from a difficult angle in the 70th minute to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.
“The right back pushed up, so I saw the gap,” Gushiken said. “I saw them play through to Jake. I decided to support him, and I was just glad he could see me there. Straight at my head, perfect.”
Said ADM coach Bill Shields: “I think a lot of teams overlook him. ‘Oh, he's a freshman and he's so little. Don't worry about him.' … That fourth goal, how did he get up to head that? It seems like he scores the memorable goals.”
Glenwood kept attacking. McNeel ripped a shot past ADM keeper Jake Feldman in the 72nd minute, giving the Rams hope, down 4-3.
But the Hawkeye Ten Conference entry couldn't manufacture the equalizer.
“We could have just folded the last 10 minutes, but we kept pressuring and kept fighting,” Keeling said.
After spotting Waldron an early goal in the first half, Glenwood tied it in the 27th minute on Jake Radcliff's conversion. But Keegan Mumma pushed through a great pass to Hutzell in the 37th minute, and his left-footed strike found the back of the net for a 2-1 ADM lead at the half.
That set up the four-goal flurry in the eight-plus minute stretch late in the second half, but it wasn't enough for the Rams.
“It was a good season,” Glenwood senior Blake Beier said. “Tough ending, but that's a good team.”
Keeling said the close loss was difficult to accept, but he was complimentary of his team's seniors and excited for the future.
The seniors really stepped it up and made sure that they held each other accountable with their expectations,” he said. “And I really feel good about the chemistry and the core of our team. We have a very strong sophomore class, a few juniors and a freshman that played today. I feel very good about the direction of the team.”
Glenwood (13-9)........................1 2—3
ADM (16-4)...................................2 2—4
Goals: G, Trenton McNeel 2, Jake Radcliff; A, Jonah Waldron 2, Jacob Hutzell, Derek Gushiken. Assists: G, Tyler Jensen; A, Gushiken, Keegan Mumma, Hutzell.
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