Prep soccer roundup: Demons close out season on a high note
Glenwood Springs High School’s boys soccer seniors went out in style, scoring a 4-1 road win over Palisade on Tuesday.
“It was a really good closing game for our senior boys,” Demons coach John Mount said. “We got to close it with all 11 of our senior guys playing the last 20 minutes of the game.”
Glenwood, which isn’t bound for the 4A playoffs, scored four unanswered goals in the second half to escape with the win.
After playing to a scoreless tie through the opening half, Palisade put a goal on the board early in the second half.
It didn’t take long for Hunter Brown to respond with the equalizer.
Kevin Hartmann put Glenwood ahead with a goal moments later. Then came a goal from Kellin Casey and another from Hartmann to put the game out of the Bulldogs’ reach.
Casey’s goal measured roughly 35 yards and came off a direct kick.
“It went over a wall of players and over the goalie,” Mount said. “It was a beautiful goal – well placed.”
The offensive outburst came on the heels of a first half that featured many a shot. All of those shots, though, found Palisade’s keeper or ricocheted off the post.
In the second half, Glenwood put it all together and started connecting on its opportunities.
“It took for us to get a goal down to come alive and be offensive,” Mount said.
Mount’s Demons finished 2011 with a 9-4-2 overall record. Not a bad final effort by the team’s big senior class, the coach said.
“It was a special night for them,” Mount relayed. “Their families were there, creating a pyramid with their arms that the seniors got to run through.
“A lot of these guys have been playing together since they were 6 years old. It was a special moment.”
And Mount expects the group to continue to play soccer, in whatever form, in future years.
“They love this game and they hope to keep playing soccer throughout the future,” the coach said. “It’s a game they’d like to keep playing all their lives. By instilling that love for the game in them, we’ve done our job. It’s great to see.”
The coach also expressed appreciation for his volunteering coaching staff, which featured the likes of Russ Brown, Anders Rosen, Glen Hartmann and Dale Kaup.
“We owe them a great deal of gratitude,” he said.
Palisade finished up its season with a 1-13 overall record.
Elsewhere in boys soccer action on Tuesday, Aspen defeated Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 8-0.
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