Glenwood Springs soccer team hopes to improve on playoff record
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A 4-3 first-round loss to Evergreen in the first round of last year’s 4A state playoffs still weighs on Glenwood Springs’ girls soccer team.
“They do remember it,” coach Bryan Stoltzfus. “Yes, they do. We were up 2-0 at halftime and then it was [3-3] going into overtime. Then we lost, 4-3.”
That painful is memory is one the Demons have aimed to erase since the 2010 season began. They’ll begin their quest to do just by facing Thompson Valley in the first round of the 4A state playoffs on Tuesday. A game time had yet to be set as of press time on Sunday.
Glenwood (14-1) drew the 12th seed in the 32-team bracket. Thompson Valley (10-5) is seeded 21st.
Stoltzfus thinks the 2010 Demons have what it takes to advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
“This is the most focused team I’ve been around,” he said. “They’re definitely ready for this. With the way last week went, I think that definitely helped get them ready for Tuesday.”
A three-game week with Moffat County, Steamboat Springs and Basalt on the schedule provided the Demons with quite the pre-playoff test. Glenwood won all three games.
Stoltzfus firmly believes the Demons can deliver in the playoffs, too.
“I’ve been here, as either an assistant or head coach, for 10 years,” Stoltzfus said. “This is the best team I’ve had.”
Michaela Mansfield leads the talented Demons with 28 goals so far this season. Corey Gera has nine and Sarah Treese and Holly Brown have scored five apiece.
Thompson Valley’s leading scorer is Emma Howard, who has found net 21 times. Sydney Paulsen is second on the team with 13 scores.
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