Two Condie goals lifts Rifle to draw |

Two Condie goals lifts Rifle to draw

Jeff Caspersen
Post independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

RIFLE, Colorado – Prior to this season, Mikel Condie had always played forward. So, despite playing defense all this season, a shift to the front for Saturday’s girls soccer game against visiting Eagle Valley didn’t faze the Rifle senior one bit.

Feeling right at home on the attack, Condie buried a pair of long free kicks late to lift the Bears to a 2-all tie with the Devils.

Condie’s first strike, smacked from more than 20 yards out, hooked in from the left side in the 75th minute.

Her second goal, a 77th-minute tally, sailed in from the right side and was actually snatched up by Eagle Valley goalkeeper Blanca Gonzalez, who appeared to come down with the ball behind the goal line.

“They were both from outside the 18,” Condie said with a laugh. “They were pretty far out there. That was really unexpected. I usually play stopper, a defensive position. For whatever reason, she put me up at forward. I really like that position.”

Condie’s goals gave Rifle a 2-1 lead, answering a 22nd-minute score by Pearl Nanin, who sent a long roller past diving Bears keeper Jinna Harper.

Nanin would deliver once more.

With maybe a minute left in regulation, the junior sped up the right side and cleared the reach of Harper with a long, arcing shot that knotted the game.

“That was a great outside shot from Pearl,” Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin lauded. “Twenty-five meters at full speed, in the crossbar.”

“I really just wanted not to lose another game,” Pearl Nanin said. “I just wanted to make it in the net or cross it so someone else could make in it.”

Make it in the net is exactly what she did.

Neither team could muster a golden goal in either five-minute overtime, finalizing the draw. It was an outcome neither side seemed to find objectionable, as wins have been hard to come by for both the 0-7-1 Bears and 1-6-1 Devils.

“I knew it was going to be a good game because we’re both the same level,” Pearl Nanin said. “We knew if we didn’t fight hard enough, we were going to lose. We always stop playing the last two minutes. This time, we kept our momentum, so it was good.”

Rifle’s two goals were only its second and third of the entire season. Bears coach Jennifer DeHamer hopes finding net for the first time since March 6’s season opener at Grand Junction Central nudges her team in a positive direction.

“That’s what I asked from them. I told them, ‘Guys, let’s score,'” she said. “It feels so good when you score. After we scored that first goal, we did have more momentum. The ball was on that end of the field more. We just couldn’t finish. It should carry into next week.”

Rifle will travel for a game at Palisade on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Bears return to the road against Battle Mountain.

Eagle Valley hosts Steamboat on Tuesday and Glenwood on Thursday.

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