Demons follow directions to league title
The road to the Western Slope League soccer championship went right through Steamboat Springs again this year.
And this year coach Steve White and the Glenwood Demons followed the route precisely, capturing the league title with a 3-2 road victory at Steamboat on the final night of the regular season.
“The bus ride to Steamboat is never easy,” White said. “It’s a long, long ride.”
But, White added, the Demons survived the trip Tuesday and then came out ready to play from the start.
“We started out with good pace and control,” White said, citing the keys to the Demon win.
“That was a key for us,” White added. “And we talked about composure … even if we got down a goal or two. We held that composure from the beginning,” White said.
The Demons got a first-half goals from Cassie Carlson and Ashley Holtum.
Leading 2-1, Glenwood Springs added a second-half goal from Chelsea Strautman for a 3-1 lead before Steamboat’s Nikki Garth cut the final score to 3-2 on a penalty kick with less than 10 minutes to go.
The conference-clinching victory improved the Demons’ record to 11-2-1 overall and 8-1-1 in the 4A Western Slope League.
The win also ensured a home matchup in Saturday’s 4A state soccer Regionals.
Glenwood Springs will host Skyline, the No. 4 team from the Northern/Mile High League (also formerly known as the Tri-Valley League).
The game is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Stubler Memorial Field in Glenwood Springs.
Skyline, from Longmont, will enter with a 9-4-1 record. The Falcons’ losses came to Greeley West, Sterling and Niwot (twice).
White said the current Glenwood Springs team is similar to last year’s playoff team, with a bit more offense.
“The team was similar to a year ago except we have more offensive punch this year,” White said of the Demons.
“We’re getting scoring from a lot of different places,” he said of the team that has been a strong finishing team this year.
Plus, White said, the Demons feature a solid defense that has turned back teams all year long.
A deep and versatile roster has been the key to the defensive stops and the offensive output.
“Our passing game has been a delight to watch,” White said, adding that the Demons are rebounding after a flat stretch near the end of the season.
“We’ve had out little down time. Now we’re getting back into better play,” he said with the 4A Regionals just two days away.
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