Demons fall to Grand Junction Central in soccer match |

Demons fall to Grand Junction Central in soccer match

Phil Sandoval
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Phil Sandoval Special to the Post Independent

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Handicapped by the lack of field time due to late winter weather, and with Chelsea Vallario in street clothes on the sideline, the Demons wouldn’t back down.

“This team’s slowly coming together. But, they are coming together,” said first-year head coach Bryan Stoltzfus after a 3-1 loss to Grand Junction Central.

“We played physical today,” Stoltzfus said. “And for us to compete in league, we have to hit back.”

Kendall Strautman struck Glenwood’s biggest blow when she scored in the 20th minute to force a 1-1 tie. Unfortunately, the number of Demons’ offensive drives withered after the sophomore’s goal.

Central forward Ashley Paul gave the Warriors the lead on a goal in the second minute of play. “I wanted that goal because in all three of our games, we’ve scored in the first five minutes,” said Central head coach Larry Johnson.

Good plan.

Throughout the first half Glenwood continued to test Central goalie Savanna Moore. The Warrior defense made up for some loose play around the net by holding the Demons to one shot on goal in the second half.

“I don’t look at the numbers. They have good programs and we talked to the girls about not taking them lightly,” Johnson said of the Class 5A Warriors playing back-to-back non-league games with Class 3A Aspen followed by Thursday’s match with the Demons.

Central forward Haleigh Higgins, sporting a knee brace, scored what turned out to be the winning goal for Central in the 32nd minute when she beat Glenwood keeper Kelsie Hert with a high shot to the near post.

After intermission, Higgins scored the insurance goal for the final score five minutes inside the second half.

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