Bears battle Demons for 2-1 win
RIFLE – A two-goal lead is an important benchmark in a soccer game. At least it was in Thursday’s Rifle-Glenwood Springs contest.Chelsea Webb created the two-goal gap with unassisted scores in the third and 12th minutes of the first half.After the Bears’ sophomore scored her second goal in Thursday’s 2-1 Bear win, Rifle (1-1-1 overall, Western Slope League), appeared to have a tactical edge on the Demons.
Not really.Glenwood (0-2-1, 0-2), frequently came within inches of breaking Rifle’s lead.”It was an end-to-end game and we took advantage of our chances early,” said Rifle head coach Tom Taucher. “We had a couple more, but their keeper made a couple nice stops. Then it was a good high school soccer game.”A diving save by Rifle goalie Katie LaRocque on a shot by Deborah Collins kept Glenwood off the scoreboard a few moments after Webb’s second. Demon Tobie Rippy changed the tone of the game when she ripped a free kick inside the far post with 11 minutes left in the half.
The senior’s goal lifted the Demons spirits and produced some inspired play by Glenwood in the second half.”We started slow today,” said Glenwood coach Linda Flohr. “In the second half we played with better intensity than we did in the first half.”After intermission, the Demons kept LaRocque busy, forcing her to make six saves. Three of those shots were dangerously close to going in.The Rifle keeper made a sparkling stop in the box on one drive, but left LaRocque out of position to make an attempt on Ali Brown’s try after the save.
Grabbing a loose ball lingering toward the left post, Brown narrowly missed tucking the ball inside the corner. Two minutes later, LaRocque quashed a second Demon dive with another sliding stop on Carly Stillman.Two free kicks – by Webb and Rippy after fouls – hit the opposing team’s respective crossbars. Trying to raise the lead, Rifle’s Kimber Chapman’s header barely flew over the bar 10 minutes later.”We’re a young team, so we’re more concerned on how we’re playing and how we’re developing,” Taucher said. “We saw some good things today and some things we need to work on.”
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