PREP ROUNDUP: Demons rebound, then roll
Post Independent Sports Editor
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Summit High School’s girls soccer team did everything right in limiting the Glenwood Springs’ offensive opportunities early on Thursday night. The Demons did everything right after that.
Lillie McSwain found the net three times in the first half, and Glenwood controlled the midfield for close to three quarters of the game in the Demons 4-0 Class 4A Western Slope League victory over the Tigers.
“That wasn’t a very good 20 minutes,” said Glenwood midfielder Jenna Brown, who assisted McSwain on each of her three goals. “I think that we were able to adjust after the first 20 minutes because they were all clumping up on one side and we were able to, well, figure it out.”
No doubt, the Demons (4-1-0 overall and league play) figured out how to scoot past the defensive front of the Tigers (1-6-0), who held Glenwood without a shot of any kind in the first 20 minutes of the game. From then on, however, the Demons outshot the Tigers 17-3, and 17-5 for the entire match.
“I think that we came out with the mentality of closing out shots, and I told my girls they had to step up and prevent them,” Summit coach Tommy Gogolen said. “I thought physical play was going to be a key if we were going to have a shot.
“And we did,” Gogolen continued. “Our intensity was high. But in the end, it came down to the fact that Glenwood is a good team.”
Alondra Peralta capped the scoring for Glenwood, taking a high crossing pass from Paige Libby and beating goal keeper Tessa Winston with a point-blank header into the net in the 49th minute. Winston finished with four saves, as only 11 of Glenwood’s 17 shots were on goal.
“Typically we’ve been a second-half team,” said McSwain, whose goal tally for the season reached 11 with the hat trick. “That’s how it’s always been. I hate it. I don’t know why.”
It didn’t take until the second half for the Demons’ offense to get going, though.
Summit, however, nearly struck first. Nicole Carter found an opening on the left side of the Glenwood goal box in the 19th minute, and her crossing shot went just wide of the net in the 19th minute. But after the goal kick, Brown’s pass from the midfield circle found McSwain streaking down the left side, and the senior put the Demons up for good with her breakaway goal in the 20th minute.
Summit’s final two scoring opportunities came off the foot of Katy Harris. The first shot went wide right and the second, from 25 yards away, was caught by Glenwood goalie Rachel Rosenberg. One minute later in the 24th minute, McSwain found the net again when she shot the ball into the upper-right-hand corner of the net.
And with 12 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the first half, McSwain took a pass from – guess who? – Brown, and she slipped the ball past Winston to place Summit in a 3-0 halftime hole. And right after the goal, the fans in the student section at Stubler Memorial Field threw hats – and even flip flops – onto the field to commemorate the hat trick.
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Ashlynn Speakman scored in the 17th minute off a pass from Lauren Paskett, and the goal held up for Grand Valley in the Cardinals’ 1-0 win over Roaring Fork.
Erin Schuckers had three saves and Desi McGee four in goal for Grand Valley (4-1-0). Grand Valley coach Eric Sarno credited defenders Tarianna Lawrence, Codu Metcalf, Jordanne Williams and Jordan Scott for their play on the back line against the Rams.
“We have been talking about putting a good 80 minutes together, and we did it today,” said Sarno, who said the win was the Cardinals’ first against Roaring Fork in the program’s history. “This was a great win for us.”
Grand Valley hosts Aspen on Saturday. Roaring Fork is off until Tuesday when it hosts Vail Mountain, which lost a 5-1 decision to Coal Ridge on Thursday.
Six of Glenwood’s seven girls tennis matchups against Roaring Fork were won in straight sets in the Demons’ 7-0 sweep of the Rams.
Sarai Zilm beat Shaeley Lough 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Claire Wolcott topped Brianda Perea 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2s and Sadie Dickinson won 6-0, 6-2 over Stephanie Vega at No. 3 singles.
The longest match came at No. 3 doubles when Hannah Nilsson and Corrine Passey beat Ariel Murphy and Diana Flores 4-6, 6-1, 10-6. Tessa Elbert and Elise Tetzger at No. 1 doubles, Morley Perrin and Ivy Wright at No. 2 doubles and Kenia Farias and Lindsey Hoffman at No. 4 doubles each beat their opponents in straight sets.
The Demons play against Paonia and Delta on Saturday in Paonia.
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