Soccer Demons stun Huskies behind Kevin Hartmann goal
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kevin Hartmann’s 61st-minute strike lifted Glenwood Springs’ boys soccer team to an improbable win over visiting Battle Mountain on Thursday.
Taking a throw-in and getting a shot off from roughly 18 yards out, the typically left-footed Hartmann used his right foot to knock home the winner.
“He shot it and the goalie was somewhat screened,” Demons coach John Mount said. “He couldn’t see the shot coming and it kind of rolled in. … It wasn’t a super powerful shot, but it was well placed.”
The win is by far the biggest of the season for Glenwood, which entered the night with a 3-4-1 overall record and 0-2-1 mark in the 4A Western Slope League. Battle Mountain, now 5-1 overall and 4-1 in league, came into the game with a perfect record.
“We were happy to upset them,” Mount said. “Our team talked about being 100 percent when the game started. The kids really got themselves going on their own. I didn’t have to say anything. The captains did a good job taking over and keeping that intensity the whole game.”
Glenwood needed that intensity, especially late.
The Huskies countered Glenwood’s goal with a blitz of their own.
“They really took over the last 15 minutes of the game,” Mount said. “It was all Battle. They really possessed well and brought everybody up. It was basically 10 vs. 10 in our defensive zone.”
Demons goalkeeper Cane Albrecht and the defenders in front of him managed to hold off the charge and preserve the win. Albrecht finished up the night with nine saves.
Mount hopes Thursday’s win breeds bigger and better things as the season wears on.
“It definitely could be a springboard,” he said. “It gives us the confidence to know we can play with these top teams. We’ve been saying all along that, despite the scores, we’re still right up there. We’ve been getting unlucky with the scores. We can play with anybody, and this reflects that.”
Glenwood gets a rematch with Battle Mountain in Edwards next Thursday.
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