Glenwood seniors light up Palisade
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – They’ve been playing together since their pee wee soccer days.
“We’ve been playing soccer together since we were yay high,” said Glenwood Springs senior Hunter Brown, holding his hand about waist high. “It’s cool to see what we’re building together.”
On Tuesday, the 14-member senior soccer class Brown made reference to drove the Demons to victory.
Brown scored twice, as did fellow seniors Mike McGraw and Kevin Hartmann, in a 7-0 win over visiting Palisade. Nate Kaup, another senior, chipped in a goal for Glenwood, which exploded for five goals in the first half at Stubler Memorial Field.
Kaup added two assists and Hartmann, McGraw and fellow senior Armando Sanchez all had one helper apiece as the Demons secured a 4A Western Slope League win.
“We had some impressive shot distribution,” Glenwood coach John Mount said. “It’s good to see a lot of different guys get in the book with shots.”
The Demons did come out firing.
McGraw delivered Glenwood its first goal just 3 minutes, 18 seconds into the night, working his way up the left flat and unloading a mid-range shot onto net.
Just a few moments later, in the eighth minute, Brown tapped in a cross from Kaup to give the Demons a 2-0 lead.
Glenwood kept pouring it on.
McGraw scored for a second time off a cross from Hartmann in the 14th minute. Kaup beat Palisade’s keeper for a short-range shot in the 22nd minute and Brown used his speed to outleg the defense and score his second goal early in the 26th minute.
Hartmann added a pair of second-half goals as the Demons kept the pressure on and also experimented some by moving select players around.
“We wanted to use this as an opportunity to move the chess pieces around,” Mount said. “We let some guys play different positions. We’re trying to groom them for later in the year when they may have to play a different position.”
The win pushed Glenwood, which travels to face Rifle on Thursday, to 3-1-1 overall and to 1-1 in league play. Palisade (0-4) plays host to Eagle Valley the same day.
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