Mansfield scores 3 as Glenwood tops Battle Mountain
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado – The Demons vanquished one of their longtime demons and have two more demons to conquer for a title.
Glenwood Springs soccer took a large step toward a league crown Tuesday, knocking off its ancient foe Battle Mountain, 4-1, Tuesday in Edwards behind a hat trick from super sophomore Michaela Mansfield.
The Demons host Rifle Thursday, in a game in which they will be heavily favored, before Saturday’s showdown at Palisade. With wins against the Bears and Bulldogs, Glenwood would clinch the top spot in the 4A Western Slope League.
“It’s really exciting,” Mansfield said. “I was really nervous because Battle Mountain’s a really good team. We only play them once, so it was a really important game for us.”
Mansfield had 16 goals coming into Tuesday’s match, and Battle Mountain game-planned for her. The Huskies assigned midfielder Haille Hogfeldt to Mansfield and Battle Mountain’s back line clearly knew where she was at all times.
Nonetheless, Mansfield broke through in the 38th minute.
“We had played, I thought, a really good first half,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We had kept her under control the whole first half. She gets one chance and she scores. That’s what good players do. Full credit to her.”
The swing moment, however, came in the second half. Battle Mountain’s Lizzie Seibert feathered a pass across the box to Kelli Lindsay. Lindsay got her foot on it, kept it low, but her shot went wide right. The Huskies’ Maddie LyBarger also had a free kick that sailed left.
After two golden scoring chances, Glenwood promptly came back, with Corey Gera streaking down the field and beating Huskies keeper Kate Grey.
“You always feel like at 1-nil or 2-nil, if you can get one, you get right back in it,” Cope said. “This team has shown it. That was disappointing.”
With a 2-0 lead, Glenwood was able to use the field and display its speed and athleticism, a distinctly different style of play than the Demons have shown in the past, especially on their cozy home pitch of Stubler Field.
“I think we used the big field to our advantage. It’s a definite adjustment,” Glenwood coach Bryan Stotzfus said with a laugh.
Mansfield completed her hat trick with Glenwood’s third and fourth tallies.
Sandwiched in between was Battle Mountain’s highlight. LyBarger boomed a great ball into the box on a corner kick, and senior Stephanie Woodruff was there to slam it home.
While Battle Mountain fell to 9-3 and, barring an improbable sequence of events, dropped out the league title chase, the Huskies are still very much alive for the state playoffs. The Huskies have a week off to prepare for Eagle Valley Tuesday in Edwards.
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