Coach likes what Demons look like
Post Independent Staff
GRAND JUNCTION ” Considering it was cold and snowy, along with being the first game of season, Glenwood Springs coach Linda Lohman was pleased about the Demons 0-0 nonleague overtime tie with Grand Junction Central.
“It’s always good to come out and see how we shape up and what we need to improve on, so it was a good chance to see people out on the field,” Lohman said.
What pleased the second-year Demons coach the most was her team’s defense.
“Our defense played a great trap today. I don’t know how many outside calls we got, but we certainly shut them down that way,” the coach continued. “Everybody had solid performances and played with hustle and heart. So I felt good.”
Offensively, Glenwood also had some good opportunities to score. Avery Denney hit the goal post with a drive midway in the first half. Warrior goalie Savanna Moore had to make a nice stop on Chelsea Vallero’s header late in the period.
Scoring attempts became fewer as the game crept into overtime. Still, the Demons just missed connecting off a cornerkick when Carly Stillman hit the side of the net.
Central, who only had five shots on goal, had it’s good runs spoiled by the play of Glenwood’s defenders.
Tobie Rippy shooed Warrior midfielder away from making a play of a loose ball headed for the penalty area late in the first half. Later, the Demons senior made the best play in the 10-minute overtime when she single-handedly stopped a Central 3-on-1 offensive push without a shot on goal from the Warriors. First-half Glenwood keeper Kelsie Hurt had the hardest day among the three goalies who played in the contest.
Central’s Jennifer Aaberg got a rare step ahead of the Demons’ defense in the 32nd minute, and fired a hard shot toward the near post, which Hert pulled without giving up a rebound.
Afterwards, Glenwood’s entire offense in the second half consisted of four weak tappers which Moore had no problem making plays on.
After spring break, the Demons open Western Slope League play on March 14, facing Delta County at home before taking off for a three-game WSL road trip to Moffat County, Steamboat and Rifle.
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