Demon soccer hits the road for regionals
Two area girls’ soccer teams will play their regional-round games on friendly turf, while the third gets an early start on the road.
Class 4A Rifle hosts Brighton at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Class 3A Roaring Fork faces Bayfield at 4 p.m. Friday at Roaring Fork High School. Basalt also qualified for the state playoffs, but has a bye through the regional round after winning its fifth-straight 3A Western Slope League title.
The Glenwood Springs Demons don’t get any home-field advantage with the third seed out of the 4A WSL, and they hit the road right away.
The Demons wrapped up their regular season Tuesday night in a 4-3 double-overtime loss at league-champion Steamboat Springs and get back on the bus today for a 5:30 p.m. contest against Golden at Lakewood Memorial Field in Lakewood.
“We’re kind of looking at (the Steamboat game) as momentum,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “We came back from a three-goal deficit and took Steamboat to overtime.”
“Now we just have to take that same attitude into the next round,” he added. “I feel Golden is a level draw and hopefully we can come home with a victory.”
With a record of 10-4-1, Glenwood is a half-game better than Golden (10-3-2), which finished second in the Jeffco League behind undefeated Ralston Valley.
“I know they are coming out of a league with the No. 1-ranked team in it and had a lot of close-margin games,” White said of Golden. “Their record is similar to ours and they are on the schedule. That’s about all I know.”
The teams also have the same mascot – the Demons – and the only common opponent this season is Evergreen, which lost by 2-0 margins to both teams.
Glenwood’s offense, led by Chelsea Strautman (11 goals, seven assists), has outscored opponents 55-13 on the season. Golden has a 41-9 advantage.
Golden has a pair of double-digit goal scorers in Sarah Martinez (13 goals, five assists) and Brianna Blair (11 goals), but seems to live on its defense and goaltending.
Goaltender Dana Garret has only allowed the nine goals this season and also has 10 shutouts to her credit. She has also allowed more than two goals in a game only once.
Glenwood keeper Keegan Nadon and the Glenwood defense has also had a solid season and should match up well with the Golden offense. Glenwood has recorded eight shutouts.
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