Demons rally past Huskies for league win
EDWARDS, Colorado – Happy second anniversary to Glenwood Springs girls soccer.
Two years ago Tuesday – March 13, 2010 – the Demons lost to Steamboat Springs, 2-1. We only bring this up since Glenwood Springs hasn’t lost a game in the 4A Slope since, a run which has included the last two league crowns.
The Demons got another win by edging Battle Mountain, 3-2, Tuesday night in Edwards as Glenwood took what it hopes is its first step toward a third straight league title in 2012.
“We’ve got a target on our back,” Demons coach Steve White said. “We’re just looking for wins and trying to stay on top.”
And, some trivia: Which was the last team to go back to back in the Slope before the Demons did it last year?
Battle Mountain made Glenwood earn its first league tilt of the season. The Huskies took a 1-0 lead into halftime and tied it at two in the second half before Glenwood’s Josi Pearson got the game-winner in the 57th minute.
“Again, we’ve talked about bettering every result from last year,” said Huskies coach David Cope, whose team lost to Glenwood Springs, 2-0, last year. “This is another one. It’s three games in a row where we’ve been competitive. We’ve been more in the game than the previous year. It bodes well for the rest of the season.”
The Demons were coming off a disheartening 2-1 loss against Coal Ridge last week, and White felt like he was watching the same movie when Huskies’ freshman Logan Nash capitalized on a Glenwood defensive error for a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.
Glenwood, however, opened the second half with a flurry, as seniors Michaela Mansfield and Holly Brown found the back of the net during a three-minute span.
As a public service announcement, the Vail Daily has confirmed that Mansfield is finally a senior and will be graduating this spring, something of particular import to the Battle Mountain faithful who are sick and tired of her scoring key goals against the Huskies.
“She’s really a senior. We’re going to send her packing after this season,” White joked. “But we’re not done with her yet.”
Nor were the Huskies done.
Nash got her second of the game, but then Pearson closed the door.
“When the score is tied, it really pumps me up,” Pearson said. “I want to work that much harder. So when I scored the goal, it was unbelievable.”
Battle Mountain (1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Slope) kept charging to the end.
Senior Haille Hogfeldt earned a free kick in Glenwood’s end during stoppage time. She sent in a beauty of a cross, but Glenwood cleared it to seal the win.
“This was the turning point we needed,” White said. “We were really hanging our heads after the Coal Ridge game. We let that get away from us with a a lack of organization. I think this was the wake-up call, especially when they scored first.”
Glenwood (1-1-1 and 1-0) is at Moffat County Monday, while the Huskies are off until March 22 when they host Steamboat Springs.
And the answer to our trivia question is Battle Mountain. The Huskies went back to back in the Slope in 2007 and 2008.
During the latter year, Battle Mountain went 15-0 during the regular season and the Huskies won No. 15 at Glenwood, 4-0, the last time the Huskies beat the Demons.
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