EDWARDS, Colorado - The Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team won its showdown against Battle Mountain, 2-0, Saturday, with Lilly McSwain notching both goals.
McSwain was excited about scoring two goals, especially against a tough Battle Mountain team.
"Pretty amazing. It's one thing to score, but to score against Battle Mountain, it's pretty good," said McSwain.
Midway through the first half, the game was going the Demons' way as they were moving the ball well and playing great defense. In the 25th minute, McSwain was able to squeak one by Huskies goalkeeper Mindy Vickers to give the Demons an early 1-0 lead. The rest of the first half was dominated by Glenwood, which didn't allow Battle Mountain's forwards to get much pressure on the Demons' goalkeeper.
The start of the second half came along, and pretty early into it, Huskies defender Jenai Denardo was called for a handball in the penalty box, which gave the Demons a chance to increase their lead. McSwain, the team's captain, came up to take the penalty kick and was able to bounce it into the right corner of the net and give the Demons a comfortable 2-0 lead.
The Huskies were not going to give up easily, though, as they turned on the offensive pressure, hoping to get a goal. Two chances game late in the second half, but Battle Mountain's offense just couldn't connect. A big defensive play was made by the "other" McSwain, which would be Grace, when she stopped a 2-on-1 situation. Battle Mountain's Rosie Davis and Taylor Denning were looking to capitalize, but Grace McSwain was able to stop the advantage and keep the Huskies from scoring.
That would be it for the Huskies, who suffered their first loss of the season.
Demons coach Steve White talked about how his team was able to get the win today and the confidence his team got out of the win.
"Our passing game is really a strong suit of ours, and I'm not sure the other teams expect that kind of possession, one- or two-touch passing like we have," White said. "Its huge. We've only had one loss. This tested us. There are some soft opponents in our league, so this tested us with the best."
Battle Mountain coach David Cope still had some positives to take out of the game.
"We lost to a good team today, so we shouldn't be to down and it was a very good player that scored those two goals," Cope said. "So, we respect that. We came out strong early on and then they just scored two goals. Coming in, we knew there were four really good teams in this league and our next three games are against the other three, and we consider ourselves to be one of those four-best teams. So we just look forward for Steamboat on Tuesday."
Glenwood (5-1-0 both overall and in league) plays next at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Eagle Valley at Stubler Memorial Field. The Huskies (6-1-2, 6-1-1) host Steamboat Springs at 6 p.m. Tuesday.