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Bears and Demons start playoffs today

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Onward or out: Those are the only options available to teams making the postseason playoffs. Win, and the season continues. Lose, and wait till next year.

The Glenwood Springs and Rifle girls soccer teams are hoping for a tomorrow to their respective seasons. But the Demons and Bears have a formidable task ahead of them in today’s first-round contests.

Both teams open the Class 4A playoffs on the road against highly regarded opponents.



Glenwood (7-6-2) travels to District 6 Stadium, which adjoins Northridge High School, for its game against Greeley West (13-1-1), the No. 2-seeded team among the 32 first-round playoff teams.

The game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.



One thing the Demons know about the Northern League champion Spartans entering this afternoon’s game is Greeley West can score.

Excluding a 1-0 loss and 0-0 tie to Broomfield, the Spartans have outscored their opponents 73-6, and they are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 games.

Junior forward Laura Engle is one of the top scorers in the state with 25 goals and 8 assists to date. If Glenwood effectively marks Engle, Greeley West has two additional offensive forces in forward Nikki Ahrendsen (10 goals, 8 assists) and midfielder Sara Hemmings (9 goals, 10 assists).

The Demons counter with junior forward Tobie Rippy, who’s scored 12 goals since making a midseason switch to the offensive position from defense.

Despite the abundance of offense, both teams feature strong goalies. Greeley West senior Jessalyn Payne has allowed a mere seven goals while making 66 saves.

Kelsie Hert, after establishing herself as Glenwood’s No. 1 keeper, has allowed just 10 goals this season.

Later on, Rifle (8-5-2) has an equal challenge facing them in Colorado Springs where they match up with Cheyenne Mountain (11-2-2), the No. 4-seed, for a 6 p.m. contest on the Indians’ home field.

Cheyenne Mountain has won 11 straight games, eight by shutout. Instead of one main scoring threat, the Indians possess three players who have scored 12 or more goals to date.

Freshman Taylor Seitz lead the team with 15 goals and 5 assists, followed by sophomore forward Taylor Scheuerman (13 goals, 5 assists) and Karly Findorff, another sophomore, who’s notched 12 goals plus 16 assists.

In goal, the Indians have two equally talented keepers in freshman Caitlin Turner and Whitney Hough, a senior, who have allowed eight goals between them this season.

Defense has always been Rifle’s hallmark. And goalkeeper Kadie LaRocque is one of the best on the Western Slope. The Bears sophomore has three shutouts to her credit.

When Rifle has the ball, freshman forward Chelsea Webb is hard to stop. In her first year of high school soccer Webb leads the team with 13 goals.

Glenwood Springs vs. Greeley West

Starting Time: 4:30 p.m.

Venue: District 6 Stadium, 100 71st Ave., Greeley

Directions to District 6 Stadium:

Take I-70 east to I-25 north to Highway 34. Go east on Highway 34 for about 5 miles to the 34 Business Route exit. Get off at that exit and proceed to 71st Avenue, go through the next stoplight. Northridge High School will be on the right-hand side of the street. District 6 Stadium is located at the eastern end of Northridge High School.

Key Players

Glenwood

– Tobie Rippy, forward, 12 goals, 1 assist

– Carly Stillman, forward, 8 goals, 1 assist

– Jacquie Romero, midfielder, 3 goals, 5 assists

Greeley West

– Laura Engle, forward, 25 goals, 8 assists

– Nikki Ahrendsen, forward, 10 goals, 8 assists

– Sara Hemmings, midfielder, 9 goals, 10 assists

Rifle at Cheyenne Mountain

Starting Time: 6 p.m.

Venue: Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Blvd., Colorado Springs

Directions to Cheyenne Mountain High School: Take I-70 east to I-25 south toward Colorado Springs. Continue on I-25 south to the Manitou Springs exit (Highway 24). Continue west on Highway 24 to 21st Street, South. 21st Street turns into Cresta Boulevard. Cheyenne Mountain High School is on the right side of the street.

Key Players

Rifle

– Chelsea Webb, forward, 13 goals, 2 assists

– Haley Hubbell, forward, 4 goals, 1 assist

– Kadie LaRocque, goalkeeper, 3 shutouts

Cheyenne Mountain

– Taylor Seitz, forward, 15 goals, 5 assists

– Taylor Scheuerman, forward, 13 goals, 5 assists

– Kayla Findorff, midfielder, 12 goals, 16 assists


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