Demons, Bears battle to a draw
It doesn’t matter which sport it is or whether it’s boys or girls competing, games between Rifle and Glenwood Springs high schools are always hard-fought, physical affairs.
“If you want a traditional high school rivalry, there’s none better than Rifle-Glenwood,” Glenwood Springs girls soccer head coach Steve White said. “I’ve been here for 13 years and it’s always been that way. We always have a great game.”
Saturday’s contest was no exception. There were a few yellow cards, a few injuries and, after two halves and two 5-minute overtime periods, Rifle and Glenwood battled to a 1-1 draw in a Class 4A Western Slope League contest at Stubler Field.
“We came in here to their field and played well,” Rifle coach Tom Taucher said. “It was a good game. What more can you ask for?”
While most of the offensive pressure occurred in the first half, all the game’s scoring happened in less than a minute in the second half.
Glenwood was first on the board after Rifle goalie Jamie Sanderson came out to the top of the box to stop a streaking Ella McReynolds. The ball squirted loose to Glenwood’s Emily Granato, who netted a long shot into an open goal for a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute.
The goal came at a price for the Demons as McReynolds was injured in the collision with Sanderson and didn’t return.
The celebration for Granato and the Demons was also short-lived.
Less than a minute after Granato’s score, the Bears’ Haley Hubbell banked a corner kick off Granato and into the Glenwood goal to knot the contest at 1-all.
“If you work hard around the goal, good things happen,” Taucher said.
Neither team could mount much sustained pressure for the remainder of regulation and through overtime.
The Demons opened the game strong, with two solid scoring opportunities in the opening 10 minutes, but couldn’t get past Sanderson.
Sanderson made seven of her 10 saves in the first half, including a key stop on Glenwood’s Chelsea Strautman sprinting down the right wing.
“We could never get settled down,” White said. “I think if we could have stuck a couple of the early shots in, there may have been a different pace to the game.
“I thought Rifle had a really nice second half,” he added. “They were so quick to the ball they weren’t giving us any space to shoot.”
Part of the reason Rifle settled down defensively in the second half may have been due to the fact it was playing a new system with players in new positions.
After suffering a 6-1 loss to Steamboat Springs on Thursday, Taucher decided to move some of talent back to the defense in order create more offense from his back line.
The biggest change moved senior Nikki Erpested, who played midfield and forward in her first three years in the program, back to sweeper.
“I would have been nice to have a little more ball possession, but we’ll take the tie,” Taucher said after the first game with the new system.
The tie keeps Glenwood undefeated at 2-0-1 in league (3-1-1 overall), while Rifle is now 1-1-1 in league (3-3-1 overall).
The Demons travel to Moffat County in a makeup game Monday at 3 p.m., while Rifle hosts Moffat at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
CRMS 1, Olathe 0
OLATHE – Colorado Rocky Mountain School notched a 1-0 shutout over Olathe her Saturday to improve to 2-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope League.
Halley Keating notched the game’s only goal for CRMS and goalie Maryanna Jensen was credited with the shutout.
CRMS plays host to Basalt on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Basalt 2, Eagle Valley 2
BASALT – The Basalt Longhorns and Eagle Valley Devils both kept their undefeated league records intact with a 2-2 tie here Saturday in 3A Western Slope League girls soccer.
Basalt’s Mariah Mulcahy opened the scoring with an assist from Sofie Stenstadvold.
Eagle Valley’s Sam Phillips and Vanessa Carroll each scored to give the Devils a 2-1 lead early in the second half before Ashley Eaton notched the equalizer.
Neither team could break through offensively in the final 34 minutes of the game.
“Maddie Hoffman had a great game today,” Walker said of her goalkeeper. “She made some great saves and came out of the box and knocked the ball away.”
Basalt moves to 2-0-1 in league (3-1-1 overall), while Eagle Valley is 4-0-1 (5-0-1). Basalt travels to Colorado Rocky Mountain School for a game Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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