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Mustangs’ state tourney slides to a halt

Clint Cole - DCN: DC-G's Trevor Murano (middle) slides between two Harlan defenders to keep possession.Buy Photo
Clint Cole - DCN: DC-G's Trevor Murano (middle) slides between two Harlan defenders to keep possession.

Mustangs outshoot Harlan 18-3 but lose 1-0 in the second round of substate tournament

By Clint Cole

Sports Editor

With just two wins between the Dallas Center-Grimes boys’ soccer team and their first state tournament appearance since 2009. The Mustangs outshot Harlan 18-3 and had many chances in the box that were sent away by the Cyclones, but were unable to find the back of the net and lost 1-0, seeing their season come to an end on May 29.

DC-G coach Scott Newel has said that the Mustangs had trouble finishing their scoring opportunities and he said that that was the problem for them in that game as well.

“If you can’t find the back of the net, that does no good,” Newel said. “That doesn’t advance a team. You can possess the ball, you can win the time of possession, you can outshoot a team but if you can’t find the back of the net it still doesn’t matter.”

Newel said that not finishing has been a problem all season long.

“We’ve had a lot of opportunities, we find the frame, we’re just not putting the ball where it needs to be,” Newel said. “Harlan did clear a couple balls that were easily going to be a goal… It was just timing. They were there at the right time.”

Harlan went on to lose to Glenwood in the substate finals by a score of 1-0 on May 31.

This season, the Mustangs were playing in a new conference as this was their first year as a member of the Little Hawkeye Conference. They finished the season with a 5-2 conference record with their two conference losses coming against Norwalk on the road and Pella at home.

“We knew it was going to be challenging,” Newel said. “It’s good competition from top to bottom so we like that. We know that week in and week out we’re going to play quality competition.”