With three minutes left, Andrew Kramer corralled a rebound and booted it into the corner of the net to help Dallas Center-Grimes turn away Ballard 1-0 on a sunny, frigid Monday in Grimes.
“It was great to get that win, and especially against a conference foe,” said DC-G coach Scott Newel.
The Mustangs strung together attack after attack in the closing minutes, seven of which that were either stopped by Ballard goalkeeper Alexander Silberstein or just missed the mark. But in the 77th minute, Kramer came through, after taking possession of a blocked shot by Adam Ewalt.
The Mustangs recorded 13 total shots, including four by senior Nathan Fricke, and goalkeeper Dylan Michael stopped three shots.
“The way we played in the second half is indicative of how we want to play: controlling the tempo with as much pressure in our attacking third as possible,” Newel said.
DC-G, which went 12-4 last season and reached the substate finale, is tasked with replacing eight players in the starting lineup from last year’s team.
“With our personnel and the system that we run, I believe that we will be very competitive this year,” Newel said. “We have a lot of young guys who are stepping up to take on roles that have to be filled from last year, accompanied by a great core of returning starters which creates a good dynamic for this season.”
DC-G hosts Norwalk on Thursday before traveling to the Johnston Invitational on Saturday.