Demons overpower Bears in soccer matchup | PostIndependent.com

Demons overpower Bears in soccer matchup

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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RIFLE – A 2-1 loss to Steamboat Springs on Saturday left the Glenwood Springs girls soccer team itching to prove itself.

On Tuesday, the Demons did just that. With seven different players finding the net, Glenwood coasted to an 8-0 win at Rifle.

“I was pretty mad,” sophomore Michaela Mansfield said of Saturday’s loss. “We just didn’t have the first half together and we were missing a few players. We had all of them back {today].”

Mansfield scored twice on Tuesday as the Demons opened a big lead early over their rivals.

In the first half alone, Glenwood put 11 shots on goal, six shots on net and had several others that sailed a tad high or rolled just wide of goal.

Sarah Treese started the scoring blitz just over a minute into the afternoon, taking a long cross from teammate Leah Mansfield and rolling it inside the left post.

Michaela Mansfield followed with a goal in the eighth minute, weaving through the Rifle defense for an easy look.

The sophomore scored the third goal, too, taking a pass from Holly Brown and speeding ahead of the defense. Taking advantage of an over-committing goalkeeper, Mansfield virtually walked the ball in and blasted it into an empty net.

Goals by Sadey Stillman, Nikki Pearson and Holly Brown followed as the Demons took a 6-0 advantage into the halftime break.

The Demons rounded out the final score with second-half goals by Diana Banks and Corey Gera.

Mariah Martin finished with two assists for Glenwood, which improved to 2-1-0 overall.

“We can build on this,” Demons coach Bryan Stoltzfus said. “It was fun to watch. It really was. They had a good game passing.”

As for the Bears, they’re still finding their way in the season’s early going.

“We’re just trying to get our defense to be patient and not rush so much,” Rifle coach Jennifer DeHamer, whose squad dropped to 0-3-0. “We’re working on getting it to each other’s feet and controlling it. We’ve been trying to work on it.

“It’s still coming together.”

Next up for the Bears is a Tuesday visit from Battle Mountain. That game gets going at 4:30 p.m. and is a makeup of a game originally scheduled for March 9.

Glenwood returns to the pitch at home Saturday against Palisade. The scheduled start time is 1 p.m.

Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled to be held in Glenwood, but the school’s still-thawing field wasn’t yet playable.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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