Balanced attack nets victory
The freshman class is stepping up for the Demons, but the seniors made sure they weren’t left out of the action in Thursday’s girls soccer game. The sophomores and juniors – they got on the board too.Glenwood Springs High School showed off a balanced attack that included six different goal-scorers – at least one from each class – as the Demons blanked Moffat County 6-0 Thursday at Stubler Field.”We have kind of a young team, but we’re learning to play together,” said freshman Ayla Dobbs, who scored her first varsity goal Thursday. “Six different goals by six different people. It’s nice to see us come together as a team.”Dobbs was around the net throughout the game, ripping nine shots, and hitting the crossbar twice near the end of the first half.She and the Demons likely could have scored more if not for the solid play of Moffat County goalie Heather Brown. The Bulldogs sophomore finished with 17 saves and shut down a pair of early opportunities – a nice cross to Dobbs and free kick from just outside the box.Glenwood, however, eventually broke through.Demons defender Tobie Rippy punched a free kick from Glenwood’s defensive side of the field to senior Kaitlyn Otto for an open breakaway goal in the 14th minute. Dobbs gave Glenwood a 2-0 advantage in the 31st minute when she blocked a clearing attempt by Brown and recovered the ball in time to sneak a left-footed shot inside the post before Brown could get back in position.Glenwood dominated the remainder of the half, with Dobbs hitting iron twice before senior Emily Granato gathered a Dobbs rebound and scored in the final minute of the frame for a 3-0 halftime lead.”We did what we needed to do,” Glenwood coach Linda Loman said. “We made passes and attacked. Right now we’re just trying to bring the team together.”Freshman Carly Stillman put in a rebound in the third minute of the second half to give Glenwood a 4-0 lead.Glenwood kept up the pressure, and when the Bulldogs were able to break through Rippy, the Demons defenders quickly shut down the Moffat County attack.Glenwood freshman goalie Kelsie Hert needed just seven saves to notch the shutout.Granato set up junior Theresa Tonozzi for Glenwood’s fifth goal, and sophomore Corrina Gibson wrapped up the scoring when a shot deflected off a Bulldogs player and into the net.Glenwood improved to 2-1 in WSL play (2-2 overall). The Bulldogs dropped to 0-2 (0-2).Glenwood improved to 2-1 in WSL play (2-2 overall). The Bulldogs dropped to 0-2 (0-2).
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