Seniors lift soccer Demons to shutout win vs. Palisade |

Seniors lift soccer Demons to shutout win vs. Palisade

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

After waiting out a weather delay that featured thunder and lightning, the Glenwood Springs girls soccer team put together an electric performance against visiting Palisade.

With three seniors finding net on senior night, the Demons scored a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

Weather delayed the start of the game by roughly 30 minutes. Once the night of soccer did begin, Glenwood wasted little time getting to work on offense.

Some 20 minutes in, Hannah McDermott sent a 24-yard free kick past the wall and inside the near post.

“It was a pretty exciting goal,” Demons coach Steve White said.

About 10 minutes into the second half, Hope Whitman extended Glenwood’s lead to 2-0 and then, with about eight minutes left, Mariah Martin recorded a goal to round out the final count.

Josie Pearson and Michaela Mansfield had assists.

“It was really a critical game,” White said. “[Palisade] played well against Steamboat. They were right in there. They beat Battle Mountain, so they’re in the mix, that’s for sure. It was important for us to get that victory to hold that solid position.”

White’s Demons, now 9-1 overall and 8-0 in the 4A Western Slope League, are sitting comfortably atop the league standings and are chasing their second straight title.

Palisade dropped to 3-5-1 overall and to 3-2-1 in the Slope.

Glenwood’s six seniors – Whitman, McDermott, Martin, Erika Stripp, Kenzie Kuhn and Nicole Busk – were honored during Tuesday’s game.

“I feel like they’ve really come together,” White said. “They’re having a great time. They’re enjoying playing together and playing with this team. They’ve made an exceptional effort to keep their level of play up and continue to learn. I want them to finish the season with smiles on their faces, that’s for sure.”

Next up for the Demons is a Saturday trip to Delta.

Holding Glenwood Springs to just six hits all evening, Palisade swept a baseball doubleheader from the visiting Demons at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction on Tuesday. The Bulldogs won by counts of 11-0 and 3-0.

The Demons stranded seven runners and collected just two hits in the mercy rule-shorted opener, which ended after five innings.

Starting pitcher Luke Jacob kept Glenwood afloat in the second game, but the Demons mustered just four hits against Palisade’s Peter Lelich and Joseph Jonely.

With the losses, the Demons dropped to 2-8 overall and to 1-7 in the 4A WSL.

Tuesday’s Coal Ridge-Rifle baseball game was washed out. The Bears and Titans will make the game up today at approximately 6 p.m. at Deerfield Park in Rifle.

The varsity contest will immediately follow the junior varsity game, which begins at 4 p.m.

Rifle’s Taylor Walters carded a 90 to take second at Monday’s Battlement Mesa Invitational girls golf tournament, which was held at Battlement Mesa Golf Course and hosted by Grand Valley High School.

Montrose’s Kala Keltz won individual medalist honors with an 84. Keltz helped the Indians to the team title.

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