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Restricted Rebels sink Sailors

Shorthanded Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck claims ranked clash with rivals

May 15, 2016
STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD , Reinbeck Courier

REINBECK - With a bit of a style change, the Class 1A No. 4 Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys' soccer team had no issue putting away visiting rival No. 16 Waterloo Columbus with a final of 2-0.

Mason Skovgard headed in a goal in the 14th minute off a free kick that wasn't controlled properly by the Waterloo Columbus (5-7) goalie, and Walker Thede headed one in as well in the 34th minute off a shot that ricocheted off the post for the Rebels' (12-2) goal.

But it wasn't the normal lineup on the field Tuesday night in Reinbeck, however. Assistant coach Jon Dinsdale, who filled in for an absent Kirk Dinsdale, put seniors on the field in a variety of positions, coupled with a new style of play.

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Thomas Mussig fires a shot at the Waterloo Columbus Catholic goal Tuesday night in Reinbeck during the Rebels’ 2-0 win against the Sailors. Mussig had two shots, both on goal in the win.
PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD

Two red cards in a 2-0 loss to Hudson on Monday night has forced the Rebels' hand to play more conservatively, something that is not in their playbook. If a team reaches four red cards in a season - including the postseason - the team automatically forfeits the current match, and the rest of the season.

With three games left in the regular-season campaign, there's no need to risk anything, yet.

"We've warned the boys of that, and word travels fast with the refs and the teams," Jon Dinsdale said. "Word travels fast. We've got to slow down our tempo a little bit; slow down our energy and slow down our aggressiveness for sure. We can't risk it anymore."

Once substate rolls around, the Rebels will ramp up their intensity and eagerness to get to the ball and control at any means, a style of play Jon said the Rebels have played with for more than 15 years.

The goal, without a doubt Jon said, is to make it all the way to the state title, and come home with another piece of hardware. But to get there, the Rebels are going to have to change how they play their game in their final three games - two road games and a season home finale against Iowa Falls-Alden on Monday.

"We have to be more timid, which is not our game whatsoever," Jon said. "We've got to work on control, work on getting subs in. But once substate starts, we'll be back to where we were. That's what it's going to be. If it turns out we're too aggressive for what the refs are looking for ... well, we've been playing that way for 15 years now, since Kirk's been here."

The upperclassmen were recognized Tuesday night in front of their home crowd for senior night, and while neither scorers for the Rebels were seniors, they definitely had their feet in on some critical plays on senior night.

Senior goalie Josh Cooley knocked away 10 saves and senior teammate Colton Dinsdale had five shots, three of which were on goal. Jake Mohlis had two shots and one on goal. Colton also had an assist on both Skovgard's and Thede's goals.

"It's been a wild ride this year," Jon said. "We had a lot of different guys in different positions. We finished up front and that's good to see. The biggest thing is, we wanted the seniors to take out the win. We wanted to come out with the victory while getting everybody else playing."

Jon hopes with a win on senior night, motivation to finish out the season with their new game plan starts to flow, and when it comes time to lay the hammer on the pitch, the Rebels will be ready to do so.

 
 

 

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