Bears, Demons satisfied with 2-2 tie
This was a rare occasion when a 2-2 overtime tie Glenwood and Rifle played to Thursday was pleasing for both teams.”It was nice and it was a good high school game,” said Rifle coach Tom Taucher. “Glenwood played well. Our boys played well. We weren’t playing for the tie. We were playing for the win.”A win, however, wasn’t in the cards for the Bears or Demons. Instead, it was just one of those matches where both squads had their moments, but couldn’t maintain the advantage.Glenwood held the lead early. After a cornerkick by the Demons’ Ryan Young glanced off Bear goalie Eric Sanchez’s outstretched arms, Dillon Martin sneaked past Rifle’s defense and booted the ball inside the far post.The Demons’ 1-0 lead stood up for 12 minutes.Then Bears forward Ryan Melody maneuvered down the right side, fired from 20 yards out and scored when his cross-field shot glanced off the far goal post then ricocheted inside on the opposite end.After intermission, it was Rifle’s turn to take the lead.Finding himself with some space, Bears forward Graham Riddile zoomed down the left wing and fired a perfect crossing pass inside the penalty area to James Mitchell, who redirected it past Demons keeper Tim Cashel.Down 2-1 with two-thirds of the second half remaining, Glenwood fought back. The effort the Demons put in over the remaining 30 minutes of regulation, followed by 10 minutes of extra play, pleased head coach Craig Plizga.”Since I’ve been here, we hadn’t come back from a goal deficit yet,” the coach explained. “So coming back was a victory. We wanted a victory, but, we got want we needed with the tie. It’s not what we wanted. But I’m happy with the performance of the boys.”Ryan Zerfoss, Issac Hussain and Moses Saavadra each fashioned strong rushes inside the penalty area. All three came within inches of going in.Saavadra’s original attempt, stopped by Rifle defender Garet Babcock, led to the game’s tying goal.The shot drew a flock of players inside the penalty area. As the play developed the Demons’ Fabian Tapia waited to strike. Hovering around the less-crowded right side, the sophomore gathered the ball in and fired into the open net vacated by Sanchez.Both teams’ goalkeepers preserved the tie with saves in the 10-minute overtime period.Tim Cashel made his eighth and final stop of the game in the 84th minute on a Riddile shot headed to the opposite side of the net. An exchange earlier, Sanchez, who had 12 saves in the contest, stopped a blast by Glenwood’s Gabe King headed to the far post.”Eric gave us a chance to win, or in this case a tie,” Taucher said of Sanchez’s save. “Our guys played hard and they played well. Sometimes, that’s the way it goes,” he explained.The Demons (7-1-1 league, 9-2-1 overall) have three league matches left to play. Glenwood hosts first-place Battle Mountain Saturday, followed by third place Steamboat and Eagle Valley next week. Rifle, 2-7-1 WSL/2-9-1) wrap up the season with home games with Steamboat Saturday morning and Palisade, Oct. 19.
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