Demons, Bears duel to 0-0 tie
RIFLE ” A tie might be equal on the scoreboard, but it’s not equal in the minds of the Glenwood Springs or Rifle girls soccer teams.
To the Demons and the Bears, Thursday’s 0-0 overtime tie caused plenty of discussion on both teams sidelines afterwards.
And depending on who was doing the talking, the results were as opposite as the team’s uniform colors.
Glenwood’s players and coach Linda Loman left Rifle’s soccer field pleased with the outcome, and saw the tie as a morale booster.
“It was definitely good,” said Demon sophomore Tobie Rippy. “We played awesome. I don’t care if it was a tie.”
“You want to go away with a win,” said Loman. “But, I think our girls were stepping it up and wanting it more. As the game went on, they starting feeling like this is our game.”
On the other side, Rifle coach Tom Taucher only saw frustration.
“Territorially, we had most of the play on their end of the field,” he said. “We just didn’t get any good looks on goal. At times we saw five (defenders) in the back. It was hard for us to penetrate their defense.”
In fact, either team had many good looks, or shots, in the contest.
A steady, strong wind that gained in intensity kept pushing balls wide or high of the net.
Glenwood had the only shot on goal ” a weak grounder from 25 yards out ” in the first 40 minutes.
Rifle revved up its offense after intermission only to be turned away.
Six minutes into the second half, the Bears’ Betty Jo Gonzales fired a hard shot inside the penalty box at Demon goalie Jessica Boat, which the sophomore gathered in with no problem.
A couple of moments later, Rifle was on the attack again.
This time Rippy, who had fallen back to assist Boat in the goalie box, made the key stop.
“I wasn’t sure if the ball was going through to our keeper, so I went up for it. I got lucky and got it, then the team got it out of the box,” Rippy said.
Both teams had slivers of offensive moments in the remainder of regulation, but no strong shots on either goal.
In overtime, Rifle goalie Kadie LaRocque made two brilliant saves to keep the goose eggs on the scoreboard.
In the 84th minute, LaRocque halted a Demon drive with a fearless dive in front of Kaitlyn Otto’s shot headed for the right goal post. The Bear freshman followed that up with another stop a few plays later.
“Kadie’s been great,” said Taucher. “She’s played huge for us.”
Both keepers had strong performances. LaRocque had five saves. Boat, in her second start since taking over for injured starter Keegan Nadon, stopped all three of Rifle’s shots on goal.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.