Demons notch first win
GSPI Sports Editor
The Demons finally broke out of their offensive slump Thursday night at Stubler Field.
The Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team, which scored a total of one goal in its first four games this season, dominated Delta County in a 5-2 Class 4A Western Slope League victory. The win was the first of the season for the Demons and Linda Loman’s first as head coach at Glenwood.
“I think it was really good for the team to get some goals,” said senior Abby Willman, pointing out that Thursday’s contest was the first of three games on consecutive days. “It built a lot of confidence for the team.”
“We had lots of different girls scoring and a lot of different girls contributing,” added Loman. “It was definitely a feel-good game.”
Five different Demon players scored, led by Willman’s two-point day with a goal and an assist.
Glenwood tilted the field in its favor right off the bat and took an early 1-0 lead when sophomore Theresa Tonozzi lofted a shot almost from the left corner that bounced off the right post and into the net four minutes in.
Willman fed a nice cross to fellow senior Kaitlyn Otto who put it past Delta County goalie Kelsy Dysart in the 23rd minute for a 2-0 advantage.
“We were making a lot of good crosses, and that gave us some opportunities,” Willman said.
Brandi Dunham broke through the Demon defense with 11 minutes remaining in the half, streaking down the right wing and shelving a shot in the upper left corner.
Dunham was the only Delta player to have any success against the Glenwood defense, accounting for both Delta goals. The Demons allowed just three shots on goal in the first half, something that was even more important given that Jessica Boat was in net for injured starter Keegan Nadon.
“(The defense) did a great job,” Loman said. “Tobie (Rippy) is always strong and I asked her to take care of Jessica and she did.”
Senior Heidi Wild regained the two-goal cushion for Glenwood, setting up quickly for a direct kick at the top of the penalty area before Delta could set up a wall and putting the shot between the legs of Dysart a minute into the second half.
Willman scored her goal less than two minutes later for the 4-1 lead.
Dunham took advantage of a penalty shot opportunity midway through the second half to bring Delta County back within two goals, but it was as close as Delta County would get.
Freshman Karlie Andreas wrapped up the scoring with a tap-in goal off a perfect cross from Jacque Romero.
The Demons improve to 1-2 in the Western Slope (1-4 overall), while Delta County drops to 0-4 (1-6).
Glenwood travels to Palisade for a 3 p.m. contest today and returns home for another league game Saturday against Moffat County at 11 a.m. at Stubler Field.
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