REINBECK - A luckless defense and a punchless offense did the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys' soccer team in on Thursday.
The Rebels suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Class 2A No. 14 Waverly Shell-Rock on their home field.
The Go-Hawks (5-2-1) managed to be just a step quicker than G-R (3-5) throughout the contest, and were able to build attacks while snuffing out most Rebel advances before they really got rolling.
"When you're not lucky, you've got to be better. You've got to win balls," said G-R assistant coach Dan Hartz after head coach Kirk Dinsdale declined an interview request. "(Waverly-Shell Rock) did a better job winning the 50/50 balls. Their effort was outstanding."
Waverly-Shell Rock first got on the board when Samuel Rathe buried a high, bouncing ball into the back of the net with a powerful kick with just under 14 minutes to play in the first half.
Not 4 minutes later, Christopher Poesch got his first of two goals on the day when his shot at the net slipped through the G-R keeper's fingers.
After seeing a handful of scoring chances go unrewarded in the first half, Gladbrook-Reinbeck spent little time on the offensive side of the field after intermission, with most of the action centered around W-SR's efforts to score.
"The first half we were getting a lot of opportunities," Hartz said, "but in the second half we kind of stopped communicating. That's a lot of soccer is."
"(Waverly-Shell Rock) beat us up and down the field in the second half," he added. "In the second half, they definitely played with a better sense of urgency than we did."
Rathe nearly added his second tally of the day early in the second half, but his shot from outside the penalty box found the iron of the crossbar, only to bounce to teammate Tanner Hanks, who was all too ready to head it across the unattended goalline.
The Go-Hawks continued to pressure the Rebel defense for the rest of the half, but were unable to break through until Poesch slid a shot just inside the far post 4 minutes before the final horn.
"The second half, as we got tired, the communication just went away," Hartz said.
Kyle Snider made 11 stops in goal for G-R on an afternoon that saw the Rebels' losing skid hit four games. Gladbrook-Reinbeck has managed one goal over that span.
The Rebels will have multiple chances to break that streak almost immediately as they host a tournament Saturday.
Garner-Hayfield, Nevada and Des Moines Christian will all attend the tournament, which begins at 9 a.m.