Glenwood Ice U18 girls take first
The Glenwood Ice U18 girls soccer team played its fall soccer season against Front Range teams, taking the No. 1 spot in their division.
This State team is made of girls around the valley combining Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork and Glenwood Springs to create a dominant team from the Western Slope.
Almost every girl scored at least one of the 31 goals during the season and Brittany Young, the goalkeeper, only allowed 11 balls to get past her into the back of the net.
Young had a lot of help from defenders Grace McSwain, Carol Stepniewski, Annie McGraw, Paige Libby and Sierra Martin.
At every game, Glenwood possessed the ball more than their opponents. That was mostly because the center players were winning balls and distributing to the outside or forward players. The Glenwood Ice centers are Jenna Brown, Jackie Knott, Lilly McSwain, Amanda Wenzel and Kelsey Fauser.
All girls participated in moving the ball up the field, with Brianne Gabossi, Heidi Small, Dani Benzel and Jenny Trejo moving the ball into the strike zone to help Glenwood score.
Playing at the state level elevated all of the girls to a quicker speed of play, which should help all of them on their high school teams.
For six of the seniors, it was the end of 18 years of club soccer. Those seniors are Lilly McSwain, Knott, McGraw, Fauser and Gabossi.
The rest of the team will work toward adding more players next fall as the Ice advance into the next division in the U18 State Colorado Youth Soccer league.
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