After losing three-straight games at the hands of West Des Moines Valley, Pella and Norwalk, the Dallas Center-Grimes boys’ soccer team has now won four-straight. Their most recent win came Tuesday against Grinnell by a score of 2-1.
The Mustangs (7-3) got the game winning goal that put them ahead of the Tigers (3-11) in the 54th minute. Kullen Neyens sent a corner kick into the box and senior Carson Namanny headed the ball past the Grinnell goalkeeper.
DC-G coach Scott Newell said that the goal from the corner kick wasn’t necessarily “drawn up” that way.
“We always like to put pressure on the corner kicks, regardless of who gets it,” Newell said. “It wasn’t necessarily drawn up that way, we just like to put pressure on them when we do have corners. We like to take a numbers approach on that.”
The Mustangs had 19 shots on goal in the 2-1 win against Grinnell.
“I thought we had a lot of opportunities to obviously finish some goals,” Newell said. “I think we had 20-plus shots, it’s about capitalizing on those shots, but I’m pleased with the win.”
In the 17th minute, the Mustangs got the scoring started and took a 1-0 lead over Grinnell. Thomah Leamah carried the ball into the box and slid a pass to Carson Kurth, a freshman this year, who touched the ball past the Grinnell goalkeeper.
DC-G goalkeeper Colin Quass played all 80 minutes for the Mustangs and made three saves. The only goal he allowed came when he misplayed a bouncing ball that went over his head before being stuffed into the goal by Grinnell’s Luke Honold.
A county rivalry will be renewed on Friday for the Mustangs, even though it’s not a conference game anymore, as they will play Adel-DeSoto-Minburn in Grimes. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Mustangs won their third-straight game on May 10 against Ballard in Huxley. The Mustangs won the game 5-0.
Blake Wolinski had two goals for the Mustangs while Ryan Exline, Carson Kurth and Eric Ratcliff each had one goal. Tomah Leamah, a sophomore this season, had one assist in the game.
Colin Quass, junior goalkeeper for the Mustangs, made two saves in the shutout, playing all 80 minutes of the game.