Mark Schafer | Jefferson Herald Greene County’s Gesser Gutierres (11) dribbles the ball during an April 11 game against Kuemper held in Carroll. Gutierres currently sits second-overall in the state in goals scored. Gutierres’ teammate Jose Velazco (10) is a state-leader in assists.

First half dominance grants Rams third-straight victory

Staff Report

The wins continued to pile up, as have the stats.

The start of a new month didn’t slow down the Rams at all. Monday night the Rams were able to take on PCM where the Rams were able to gain a 9-0 victory over the Mustangs. 

Not only was that the third-straight win for the Rams it was also the sixth shutout of the season for the Rams. 

Early on the Rams were able to light up the scoreboard. 

Eight times in the first 40 minutes Greene County was able to score against PCM as the lead quickly escalated out of hand. 

Despite the windy conditions that prevailed throughout the pitch the Rams were able to make the game seem almost easy as they quickly put the game out of hand. 

Not only was the offense cooking for the Rams, but their defense again seemed to be working just as hard. 

Rarely throughout the first half did the Mustangs threaten to get a shot on goal against Greene County. In fact, it was rare for the Rams to even allow PCM to cross the midline stripe of the pitch. 

In the second half the Rams weren’t quite able to get their same offensive support going as they only scored one more goal.

The Rams were able to hold onto their lead and eventually the win. The victory moves the Rams to 9-1 overall on the season. 

A majority of the goals on Monday came from two players.

Junior Gesser Gutierres was able to score four goals on five shots on Monday.

Jose Velazco added three goals. He also had four assists in the game. Velazco added five shots on goal. 

Jack Hansen finished with a goal in the game. He also added an assist. 

Brayden Roberts, a senior for the Rams, scored a goal. 

Kolby Angell finished with two assists. Bork Ersnes finished with one assist as well. 

In goal Gabe Ebersole was challenged with just two shots in the contest. He stopped both of them. 


Gutierres one of the state leaders

Greene County junior forward has been able to put together quite the impressive stats so far this year. 

The junior currently is second-overall in goals scored in the state. Gutierres has scored 28 total gaols this season. Only Marion senior, Jackson Kirsch has been able to score more goals so far this year. Kirsch has scored 42 goals so far this season. 

Not only is Gutierres a leader in goals scored, he is also second overall in the state with 60 points on the season. Kirsch stands at 96. 

Another Greene County scorer, Jose Velazco has been one of the state’s most-leathal penalty kickers so far. 

Through 10 games Velazco has been awarded with four penalty kicks, and he has scored on all four of them this year. That puts him in a three-way tie for second overall in the state. 

Prince of Peace senior Marcus Blount has scored off seven penalty kicks. 

In terms of total goals scored this season Greene County ranks fourth overall in the state with 62 goals. West Liberty has 79 total goals to lead the state. Marion is second in the state with 69 goals. Gladbrook-Reinbeck is third overall with 66 goals. 

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