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Rebels claim rubber match over Columbus

May 31, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

REINBECK - The Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys soccer team ushered the Sailors out the same way they welcomed them into the season.

In defeat.

The eighth-ranked Rebels survived a second consecutive overtime contest with Waterloo Columbus, outlasting the Sailors 5-4 on penalty kicks for a 1-0 win in Tuesday's Class 1A Substate 3 quaterfinal pairing.

It was the rubber match between the two teams who have become all-too-familiar with each other in recent years. Two seasons ago, the Sailors scored a 2-1 win (5-4 PKs) over G-R in the substate finals in Waterloo.

And just two weeks after falling 3-2 in overtime to the Sailors on that same pitch, Gladbrook-Reinbeck (12-3) made the plays it had to in the shootout session on its home field.

G-R junior goalkeeper Josh Cooley stopped Columbus on its first penalty kick and then again in the first round of sudden death, and Cooley's subsequent goal lifted the Rebels into the substate semifinals.

"Josh Cooley played a hell of a game," said G-R coach Kirk Dinsdale. "I don't know how many saves he had in regulation and in the overtime period, and then in the shootout he saves the first one.

"We were tied 4-4 after five rounds, he saved the first one in sudden death so we let him take the kick and let him finish it off for us. He could play in the field, he's just too good in net for us."

Camden Kickbush, Bennett Petersen, Jake Mohlis and Walker Thede made good on their shootout attempts to get the Rebels to the 4-all tie. This marked the only game, however, that Gladbrook-Reinbeck failed to score a goal in regular time aside from a 1-0 loss to 2A No. 3 Waverly-Shell Rock on April 30 in Reinbeck.

"It was something else tonight," Dinsdale said, "we just haven't played very well lately. It's almost like we peaked in the middle of the season at the Waverly tournament and it's all kind of been downhill from then on.

"We've been winning really ugly. We're just better than what we're showing, but Columbus is good, don't get me wrong. They're good every year, they've got a tradition."

Gladbrook-Reinbeck beat the Sailors 3-2 in both teams' season openers April 7 in Waterloo, but the Sailors got revenge with a 3-2 overtime win on May 12.

The Rebels, though, got the one that mattered the most.

G-R will face Center Point-Urbana (5-12-1) in Thursday's 6 p.m. semifinal in Reinbeck. The Stormin' Pointers defeated Denver 1-0 in Tuesday's opening round. On the other half of the Substate 3 bracket, No. 4 Clear Lake (11-3) and No. 9 Benton Community (15-4) will square off Thursday at 5 p.m. in Waverly.

The substate finals are set for Saturday at noon, though the site has not yet been determined.

Clear Lake topped G-R in last year's substate finals.



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