COUNCIL BLUFFS — After shutting out Glenwood last month in a Hawkeye Ten Conference victory, Council Bluffs Lewis Central coach Chris VanMende said he didn't want his team to take the Rams lightly in a Class 2-A regional final.
The two-time defending state champs were ready from the outset.
Grace Guidry had a hat trick, and six other Titans scored as host Lewis Central advanced to the state tournament with a 9-0 rout of Glenwood.
“Our first thing was to make sure we came out with a lot of energy. So that was part of what we worked on in training,” VanMende said.
Dani Petersen opened the scoring in the sixth minute, and Caitly Hanafan added her second goal of the season less than five minutes later to put Lewis Central up 2-0.
“I thought we played real well to start. To get those goals quick, that really helped us to get in a good rhythm of playing,” Van Mend said.
Then Guidry, the team's leading scorer, got going.
She made it 3-0 with her 24th goal of the season on a feed from Gracie Bernard in the 25th minute. Malena Beezley notched her fourth goal of the year in the 33rd minute, and Hadley Hill nabbed her first of the season in the 38th minute for a 5-0 Lewis Central advantage.
The Titans (14-3) cruised into halftime with a 6-0 lead after Mikayla McCart beat Glenwood keeper Kendall Bardsley on a penalty kick with 55 seconds remaining in the half.
The Titans outshot the Rams 21-0 in the first half.
Guidry completed her hat trick with two goals in the first five minutes of the second half to give Lewis Central an 8-0 lead.
It was the first regional final for Glenwood (11-5) in five years.
Rams coach Amy Benson said her team can take away a lot of positives from the season .
“It was a great season. It would have been great to maybe be in a different regional, Unfortunately, that's just the luck of the draw. The girls definitely gave their all. It wasn't for a lack of effort. That's for sure,” Benson said.
VanMende said he likes his team's chances to capture a third straight state title.
“That would be the goal. I'm really happy with our defending, our attacking and the way we're playing right now. I think this is a group that can do it,” VanMende said.
Glenwood (11-5)...................0 0—0
at CB Lewis Central (15-3).....6 3—9
Goals: H, None. LC, Dani Petersen, Caitlyn Hanafan, Grace Guidry (3), Malena Beezley, Hadley Hill, Mikayla McCart, Callie Stephens.
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