Glenwood gunning for league title
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – With a thick layer of snow blanketing Stubler Memorial Field, outdoor practice for the Glenwood Springs girls soccer team has been virtually non-existent. The one time the Demons did take the field, they did so donning boots and snow pants.
“We went out and tried to break up the snow,” Glenwood coach Bryan Stoltzfus passed along. “We did sprints in two feet of snow. We built some snowmen.”
While short on outdoor practice time, the Demons aren’t short on talent.
Returning many players from a team that went 12-2-1 overall and finished a win shy of a 4A Western Slope League title, Glenwood is in good shape.
Back are senior captains Leah Mansfield and Allison Rippy.
Also back is a sophomore trio that wreaked havoc on 4A WSL foes in 2009.
Forwards Holly Brown, Corey Gera and Michaela Mansfield found the net with absurd frequency as freshmen. Brown led the team in goals with 17 last spring. Mansfield scored 14 and Gera finished with 12.
With a solid core to build around, the Demons could very well challenge for a league title.
“Our goal is to win the league and be competitive once we do make the playoffs,” he said. “It was tough the way we ended the season last year.”
Glenwood’s 2009 campaign wrapped with a 4-3 overtime loss to Evergreen in the first round of the playoffs. The Demons hope to stay in the game a bit longer this time around.
First things first, though. Glenwood begins its regular season with a trip to Montrose on Friday.
After spending far too much time indoors, Stoltzfus and company welcome the return to the pitch.
“I’m excited for Friday,” the third-year coach said. “Of course, like every year, it’ll be the first time we have our cleats.”
RIFLE, Colorado – Rifle kicks off its regular season Saturday at Grand Junction. The Bears went 5-9-0 in 2009 in Jennifer DeHamer’s first year as head coach.
Saturday’s game is scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m.
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