Demons give lesson in 4-0 win over Palisade
At times, Tuesday’s Glenwood Springs-Palisade girls soccer game looked more like a training session than a game.
The Demons (3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Western Slope League) demonstrated, then accomplished just about anything they wanted to do against the overmatched Bulldogs.
In 80 minutes of play, Glenwood peppered Bulldogs goalie Kelli Given with 25 shots on goal, limited Palisade to a handful of offensive attacks and allowed a total of two weak shots on keeper Keegan Nadon.
After toying with the Bulldog defense in the opening 10 minutes, Glenwood got serious.
In a three-minute spell early in the first half, Demons Chelsea Strautman and Abby Willman each scored goals for a 2-0 lead.
The margin was more than enough to allow the Demons to coast the rest of the way through.
Cassie Carlson added Glenwood’s third score of the half in the 35th minute on Chelsea Strautman’s well-timed lateral pass on a free kick after a Palisade foul just outside the penalty area.
By the time Jacquie Ramero scored Glenwood’s fourth goal early in the second half in a Demon 4-0 shutout rout everyone in attendance at Stubler Memorial Field had been lulled into malaise.
And while Glenwood coach Steve White was satisfied with the team’s effort on its first contest after spring break, he’s still looking for improvement.
Heading into the rest of this week’s upcoming games against Moffat County and Rifle.
“There are some things we have to clean up. We have to have better passes and touches in the field,” he said.
And White makes a good point.
A couple of completed passes here or there would have made the game more of a wipeout than it turned out to be.
One strong push was wiped out when Brittany Rippy’s shot hit the goal post. In the second half her younger sister, Tobie, who assisted on Willman’s goal, directed a nicely-placed cross-field pass to the far post.
But, the attempt failed when the pass was a tad to far ahead of Amanda Whiting to gain full control of.
Otherwise, it was a good night.
Nadon notched her third shutout in as many games. Strautman and Ramero each netted a goal and a assist. And Tobby Rippy assisted on two goals.
The Demons travel to Craig for the Moffat County game on Thursday, then conclude the weekend at home with Rifle on Saturday.
Glenwood Springs 4, Palisade 0
Palisade 0 0-0
Glenwood 3 1-4
GS- Chelsea Strautman (Jacquie Romero), 12:53, GS-Abby Willman (Tobie Rippy), 15:09, GS-Cassie Carlson (Strautman), 35:46, GS-Romero (Tobie Rippy), 41:04.
ROARING FORK 6, ASPEN 5
CARBONDALE – Jazz Leslie scored in the 75th minute, breaking a 5-all tie to give host Roaring Fork (2-2 overall, 2-0 in the Class 3A Western Slope League a 6-5 win over Aspen here Tuesday night.
The Rams and Skiers fought to a 4-4 tie at the end of the first half after Roaring Fork took a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes of play on goals from Lexie Crawford and Megan Zeigel.
Erin Young, who finished with two goals, scored in the 35th minutes followed by Aly Romanus’s goal in the final seconds before intermission.
At halftime, Leslie, who started the game as Roaring Fork’s goalkeeper, exchanged field positions with Romanus.
The shift benifited both players.
In the second half, Romanus turned made 11 saves on Aspen while Leslie scored the winning goal.
Prior to Leslie’s goal, Young tied the game at 5-all in the 55th minute.
The Rams conclude play at Eagle Valley for a league contest on Thursday afternoon.
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Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale has had a long tradition of former Rams taking the coaching reins of the school’s basketball teams, including two new head coaches this year.