Demons outkicked by Steamboat
Witches, ghosts or goblins don’t exist in soccer. But, something spooky seems to have stuck onto Glenwood Springs like glue this season.
In four games, the 0-4 Demons, picked as one of the favorites to contend for the Western Slope League girls title, appear to be afflicted with bad karma.
Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss to Steamboat Springs was the Demons best game to date. But, a lot of Glenwood’s competitive edge was blunted when their goalkeeper Keegan Nadon left Stubler Memorial Field in an ambulance with 7 minutes, 47 seconds left in the contest.
Seconds after Steamboat’s Lindsay Ellis gave the Sailors a two-goal lead, Nadon roamed after a loose ball outside the safety of the goalies box. It was a costly move for the gutsy senior, who had 10 saves up to that point.
Sliding after the ball, Nadon collided with a Steamboat player’s knee. The collision snapped the goalkeeper’s head backward and left Nadon momentarily unconscious.
Nadon was lucid as she left the field in a stretcher, but was taken to Valley View Hospital for precautionary measures.
Nadon’s health status was unknown at press time.
It was another gut-check in what’s become a year full of gut-checks for the Demons.
Up to the 31st minute, Glenwood played the undefeated Sailors even.
Nadon turned away Kelly Labor from point-blank range in the 14th minute, then robbed Jenna Conlin of a good scoring opportunity with a sliding tackle nine minutes later.
Sophomore Ann Barney broke the scoreless tie with 9:57 to go in the first half when she deposited a shot to the far post after juking her way past two Glenwood defenders inside the penalty area.
Steamboat maintained its lead by inches when a shot by Glenwood’s Abby Willman flew over the crossbar in the final minute before halftime.
The second half both teams got chippy.
Glenwood’s goal, their first of the year, and Labor’s 1-all tiebreaker in the 52nd minute both came on penalty kicks.
Demon midfielder Heidi Wild knotted the game at 1-1 in the 48th minute after the Sailors committed a foul inside the penalty area.
Glenwood returned the favor four minutes later to set up Labor’s game-winner.
“We did some good things today and a lot of good things we can build on the rest of the season,” said first-year Demon coach Linda Loman. “That goal lifted off our backs. We needed that goal and now we can go on from there.”
Glenwood will get its first opportunity to do so Friday afternoon at Palisade.
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