Demons ‘leave it all on the field’ in loss
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Thursday night’s game for the Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team was bitter sweet for the Demons.
The game was bitter thanks to the result: a 5-4 Class 4A Western Slope League double-overtime victory for the Palisade Bulldogs over the Demons in the final game of the season at Stubler Memorial Field. It was also bitter since Glenwood, which led much of the game, only trailed for five minutes of the game to the Bulldogs. That time included the golden-goal winner scored by Palisade’s Samantha Feller, with came in what amounted to be the 92nd minute of the match.
But if there was anything sweet that the Demons took away from the game, it was solace in what he told his team after the game was over: “You left everything on the field tonight.”
“It’s been that way all season,” longtime coach Steve White said. “These girls have played very well in great stretches of minutes, but then they’d have losses when you’d least expect them to happen.
“Tonight was one of those games where everyone dug in deep, got good minutes and made opportunities for themselves,” he continued.
Glenwood (4-11-0 overall, 3-9-0 in 4A WSL play) definitely left their effort all on the field against the Bulldogs (8-7-0, 6-6-0). Helped in part by the emotions of senior night, held an early two-goal lead and led 3-2 headed into the game’s final 30 minutes before the Bulldogs made it a back-and-fourth affair from there.
The Demons, however, didn’t make things easy.
Glenwood went up 1-0 on a goal from Hailey Armstrong, who took a long free kick from Grace McSwain in front of the goal and avoided a pair of Palisade defenders before punching the ball past goalie Sarah Cordova for an early lead. Then just four minutes later, McSwain scored when her indirect-kick goal from 35 yards away went to the far post past Cordova, and she ran back to center circle shrugging her shoulders and smiling as the Demons held a 2-0 lead.
Palisade pulled within a goal off an unassisted score from India Hilty in the 18th minute, then knotted the score at 2-2 when Nicole Harkreader scored on a breakaway in th 23rd minute. Glenwood immediately answered, however, with Eryn Peterson’s goal off a feed from Carol Stepinswski in the 24th minute giving the lead back to Glenwood.
The Bulldogs tied the score again when Lexi Newton punched the ball past Glenwood Springs freshman goalie Erin Bucchin off a cross-field through ball in the 51st minute. Then, in the 69th, Palisade took its first lead when Emma Mueller’s goal from 30 yards out passed Bucchin and went into the goal off the right crossbar.
Nina Scruton knotted the score with just six minutes remaining in regulation, with her straight-away shot from the left side of the goal snuck under the top crossbar and in to force overtime. And even though Glenwood dominated possession in both overtime periods, it was Feller who broke past the Demons’ back line to score on a breakaway and end it.
Glenwood’s players, who’s emotions from all of the game’s festivities came pouring out after the game, had nothing to be ashamed of, their coach said.
“They know the kind of play that we’re capable of, and they know we had a lot of near misses,” White said. “We gave everything we had in every game, and that’s all that I could ever ask for.”
The Demons graduated seven seniors from the team.
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