Late goal lifts Demons past Huskies
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Michaela Mansfield knew she put enough foot on her shot, but she wasn’t convinced it’d find the net.
With maybe a minute to go in regulation of Tuesday’s girls soccer game with visiting Battle Mountain, the Glenwood Springs girls soccer senior buried a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that delivered the Demons a 2-1 win over the Huskies.
Mansfield’s lofted shot deflected off the fingertips of goalkeeper Mindy Vickers and across the line.
“I saw the goal and took a turned open shot into open space,” Mansfield said. “I tried to shoot it in that direction. I knew it had enough power, but I saw the goalie hit it up and I didn’t think it was going to go in.
“I turned around and saw that it went in. It was really great.”
And so Mansfield and the Demons secured a season sweep over Battle Mountain, which entered the contest with a 7-2 record. Glenwood managed a 3-2 win in Edwards back on March 13.
“It was a great game,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “They’re a very good team. Michaela’s a great player. Great players step up at big moments. That’s not to take anything away from our goalkeeper, Mindy Vickers, who I thought had a really good game. She was outstanding.”
Vickers’ teammates certainly seemed to appreciate Vickers’ effort. In a show of solidarity, the entire Battle Mountain huddled around the disconsolate keeper moments after the final whistle blew.
“One thing about our team, we have really good team chemistry,” Cope said. “The girls really support each other. That’s what we talked about before this game. We can’t control maybe the outcome or the result, but we can control how much we support each other and how much we put into the game emotionally and physically. I’m proud of my kids. I thought they put everything emotionally and physically into the game.
“We just came up short.”
Battle Mountain rallied from an 1-0 deficit to set the stage for the dramatic finish.
In the 25th minute, the Demons went ahead with a corner-kick goal by Lilly McSwain. Josie Pearson sent in the corner to pick up the assist.
The Huskies produced the equalizer in the 66th minute, with Maggie Battaglin scoring off an assist by Ali O’Brien.
“To get two against a team like Battle Mountain is pretty amazing for us,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “We’re really excited to be in this position.”
White’s Demons are currently 3-1-2 overall and 3-0-1 in the 4A Western Slope League. That’s tops in the circuit.
Glenwood resumes league play at Eagle Valley today at 6 p.m.
Battle Mountain dipped to 7-3 overall and to 6-2 in league play. Next up for the Huskies is a Thursday trip to Basalt. The non-league contest starts at 4 p.m.
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