White nets 200th win as Demons roll
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Steve White is a modest guy. So modest that few at Stubler Memorial Field had any idea what the veteran soccer coach had just accomplished as Glenwood Springs wrapped up its 6-1 win over Delta on Tuesday.
With two goals apiece coming from Holly Brown, Lilly McSwain and Michaela Mansfield, the Demon girls netted White his 200th high school victory.
“Nobody’s counting but me,” joked White, who is in his second tour of duty as girls soccer coach at Glenwood Springs. “But I’m excited. It’s definitely a milestone in my coaching career.”
A milestone he ostensibly made no mention of to his team.
“Was this his 200th win?” Brown asked. “Wow. That’s really great. I’m glad that we could be part of it. That’s awesome.”
Only when Glenwood Springs High teacher Mike Wilde announced the milestone over the stadium loudspeaker moments after the game did the folks in the bleachers find out.
Before this season, White was last the head coach of Glenwood’s girls in 2003. He returned to the program as an assistant last spring. He spent most of the 1990s coaching both boys and girls soccer for the Demons.
“Between the boys and girls, counting last year, I think this is my 18th season,” said White, who coached at Colorado Mountain College after leaving Glenwood back in 2003.
White’s latest coaching milestone includes wins compiled with both the boys and girls programs.
Brown isn’t the least bit surprised White’s enjoyed success as a coach.
“It’s not surprising at all,” she said. “The way he coaches, it’s hard for teams not to win. He’s brought a lot of positive things to this team. Not only do we have fun at practice, but we’ve been working harder. He just gives us something extra.”
And the results certainly back up Brown’s assessment.
Last week, the Demons wrapped up their second consecutive 4A Western Slope League title. On Tuesday, they polished off a 12-0 league season and finished the regular season with a 14-1 regular season.
The postseason is next for Glenwood, which will learn its first-round playoff opponent on Sunday when the Colorado High School Activities Association drafts its soccer brackets.
“We are so excited for the playoffs,” Brown said. “We’ve never really made it past the first round the last couple years. After this season, with the big league wins, we’re excited to go into the playoffs – and go deep into them.”
Brown got the Demons on the board first in Tuesday’s regular season finale, chasing down a high-bouncing pass from Jackie Knott and burying a goal early in the 16th minute.
With an assist from Mansfield, Brown made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute.
From there, Glenwood didn’t relent.
Mansfield and McSwain accounted for the remaining four goals as the Demons entered the playoffs on a high note.
Kenzie Kuhn, Corey Gera, Knott, McSwain and Mansfield all had assists.
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