Demons blank Bulldogs, 5-0
GSPI Sports Editor
Freshman Corrina Gibson scored a pair of goals in the first 11 minutes of play Saturday and the Demons posted five goals for the second straight game at home en route to a 5-0 Class 4A Western Slope League girls soccer victory over Moffat County at Stubler Field.
“We really had good communication and we’ve been working on our aim,” said Gibson, after scoring the first goals of her career at the varsity level.
For the Demons, a good offense is the best defense. After scoring just one goal in its first four games and not registering a victory, Glenwood has 11 goals and two wins in its last three contests.
“I think we finally started to pick it up,” Demon sweeper Tobie Rippy said. “We just needed a few goals to get motivated.”
Glenwood played almost the entire first half in the Moffat County end of the field. When the action did shift to the Demon defensive zone Rippy and the other backline players made it an easy day for goalies Jessica Boat and Senorina Jacobo.
“I’m incredibly disappointed with the effort today,” Moffat County coach Lori Smith said. “We didn’t come out ready to play. We’re a much better team than we showed.”
Boat played 62 minutes and Jacobo 18 for Glenwood’s first shutout of the season.
“The defense played great,” Glenwood coach Linda Loman said. “We’re starting to pass better, trust each other a little more and playing like a team.”
Karlie Andreas gave Glenwood a 3-0 lead in the 19th minute and Heidi Wilde added a penalty kick goal five minutes later.
Gibson and the Demon offense continued their assault on the Moffat defense throughout the half. The freshman looked to have completed the hat trick after tapping in a pass from the wing in the 32nd minute, but the goal was called back due to an offsides penalty.
The playing field leveled somewhat in the second half, but Glenwood still came out on the better end.
The only score of the half came with 12 minutes left in the game when Abby Willman lofted a perfect free kick from 10 yards inside the midfield stripe to Kaitlyn Otto for an easy putaway.
Glenwood improves to 2-3 in league play (2-5 overall), while Moffat County is now 0-4 (1-4).
MINTURN ” Battle Mountain scored the only goal of the game in the second half to down Rifle 1-0 in a battle between Class 4A Western Slope League unbeatens here Saturday.
Heidi Lauterbach notched the goal, with Alison Baskins being credited with the assist. Alexis Guinn earned the shutout in goal.
Battle Mountain improves to 3-0 in the WSL (3-2-1 overall), while Rifle drops to 3-1 (3-3). The Bears travel to Steamboat Springs for a game Tuesday.
PALISADE ” The Demons came within minutes of tallying their first road points on Friday, but fell apart late in a 2-1 league loss to Palisade.
Glenwood took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but Palisade notched a pair of second-half goals, including the winner with just minutes remaining.
“We dominated the game in the first half,” Loman said, “then let (Palisade) back in it.”
Andreas notched the Demons’ only goal of the game.
Glenwood’s next game is Thursday at rival Western Slope League Rifle.
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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.