Big second half seals game for Glenwood
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Dave Shepard can deal with missed shots, but the Glenwood Springs boys soccer coach said missing shots high is unacceptable, so he challenged the Demons to correct those mistakes at the half.Glenwood responded, outscoring Steamboat Springs by four goals in the final 40 minutes to win 5-2 Saturday at Dudley Field.”The kids didn’t play bad soccer,” Shepard said. “But my pet peeve in practice and games is missing shots high. I told them, ‘Don’t kick over the top.’ They all responded well.”The Demons increased their offensive pressure in the second half and kept the ball out of the Sailors’ offensive half of the field for a majority of the final 40 minutes, as Steamboat watched its one-goal lead evaporate within the first eight minutes of the second half.Glenwood’s Taylor Wilde tied things up with his goal off a corner kick from Zack Stepp four minutes into the second. Conner Frey scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal off a header four minutes later. He took the rebound off the crossbar and knocked it past Steamboat keeper Jordan Gray. Stepp was credited with the assist for taking the original shot.”In the first half our focus was good,” said Gray, who was still sporting a black eye he got in Thursday’s 1-0 loss at Rifle. “We collapsed in a sense in the second.”The Demons added two more goals later in the second. Adrian Castillo delivered a perfect centering pass, which Arturo Ponciano knocked past Gray just as Gray was about to catch the ball in midair.Glenwood’s final goal came off a pass from Wilde that Pat Shepard shot into the back of the net.The Sailors got on the board first just three minutes in when sophomore Max Hamil got to the middle of the field with the ball and sent a perfect pass ahead to senior Dillon Dennis. Dennis and Glenwood defender Angel Garcia battled for the ball, but Dennis came away with the ball behind the defense and fired high past the Glenwood goalie Thais Kulwiec.Glenwood tied things at 1-1 when Shepard scored his first goal 21 minutes into the first half on a slow rolling shot that just got by a diving Gray. Castillo was credited with the assist.Steamboat added its second goal with 11 minutes left in the first when a smooth transition from the defense to midfield allowed senior Alec Nelson to hit Hamil with a pass in front of the goal.Steamboat mustered just four shots on goal in the game, while Glenwood peppered Gray with a dozen in the second half alone.With the win Glenwood improved to 12-2-1 overall and 9-2-1 in the Western Slope League. Steamboat fell to 2-11-1 (2-8-1).With the win Glenwood improved to 12-2-1 overall and 9-2-1 in the Western Slope League. Steamboat fell to 2-11-1 (2-8-1).
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The 40th annual Demon Invitational track and field meet takes place Saturday, May 15 at Stubler Memorial Field.