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Rebels switch it up to eliminate Lions

June 5, 2016

REINBECK - Someone from the Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck bench let out an "Oh yes!" immediately after Colton Dinsdale let a free kick fly toward the Clear Lake goal Wednesday night.

It sounded like one of those spectators at the tee during a professional golf tournament who yells "It's in the hole" 475 yards from the hole. Except for the GC/G-R senior, it was in the hole.

Dinsdale found the back of the net from about 25 yards out for the No. 3 Rebels' (15-2) third and final goal, propelling them to a 3-0 win against Clear Lake (9-10) in the Class 1A Region 2 substate semifinal match.

"Sometimes, some shots just can't be stopped," said head coach Kirk Dinsdale. "I don't care who the goalie is, it was a great shot. I'm just glad it was ours."

Some halftime adjustments, Kirk said, allowed the Rebels to steal two more goals in the second stanza of Wednesday night's affair.

"We noticed they were loading up on ball-side; they were sending three or four guys to that side," Kirk said. "So, that means the other side of the field was open. We just did a better job of crossing the ball and getting it to the other guys. We actually did a pretty good job of getting balls in the middle of the field, that guys were crashing, and it just worked out."

Thomas Mussig had a cross from Jake Mohlis in the 50th minute that allowed Mussig to rifle in a strike to put the Rebels up 2-0 at the time. Mussig gave all the credit to his teammate on the cross and to his coach for making him perfect his cross shot.

"That was all Jake Mohlis. That was all we did in practice the other day, working the ball around and moving," Mussig said. "And when I saw that Jake made the pass there, I saw the empty space and went to it, and that was just practice.

"That was Kirk Dinsdale. He knew what we needed to do and we worked on it all day. And it came down to muscle memory."

Colton also assisted on Dayton Clark's first goal of the season. Colton had a corner pass in to in front of the Clear Lake goal, which got deflected right back to Clark. The freshman then punched in the leading goal in the 35th minute of the game. It was the only score of the first half.

Clear Lake was not without its opportunities, however. Despite being out-kicked 34-8 in shots, the Lions made theirs count, getting six of their eight shots on goal.

The Rebels had just 19 shots on goal of their 34.

In the 25th minute, a Clear Lake striker had an open shot which ricocheted off the cross bar, leaving the score tied at 0-0. In the second half, the Lions had another goal just roll by the outer post off a shot on goal, leaving them with no points.

Mussig said the Rebels are feeling confident heading into Saturday's substate final with Gilbert (10-7). Citing recent games with Hudson, Regina and Waterloo, Columbus Catholic, the junior said his team is ready.

"We're feeling pretty good," Mussig said. "We've already had some pretty good wins, and that's given us a lot of motivation already. So we know what we could do in the regular season, [now] we know we can put all that work into the postseason."

Kirk acknowledged the do-or-die situation the Rebels - and those team still alive in the substate brackets - have found themselves in. As the postseason forges on, the Rebels only have one mentality.

"From here on out, it doesn't matter how your win, as long as you win," Kirk said.



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