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Demons’ quick attack nets another win

Jim Noelker photoChelsea Strautman smiles after scoring the Demons' first goal in the win over Rifle.
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The goals came quicker than a mountain sunset.

The amped Glenwood Springs girls scored two goals in a 27-second span midway through the first half, setting the tempo for a 6-0 prep soccer win over Rifle Thursday evening.

“We did come into the game over-hyped … that’s partly my fault,” Glenwood Springs coach Steve White said. “I always get a little wound up when we play Rifle.



“We played hectic in the first part of the game; we didn’t settle the ball down,” he said.

“Considering the way we played, we were lucky to get four goals in that first half,” White said of the Demons’ 4-0 halftime lead in the Western Slope League match.



“We wanted to calm them down … calm them down,” White said, adding that when the Demons converted their first big scoring chance they started to settle into their game.

Glenwood’s Sarah Cunningham kicked a strong shot that was bobbled and knocked loose in front of the Rifle goal.

Chelsea Strautman tapped the loose ball into the net for the Demons’ first goal – and her first goal of the match.

Less than 30 seconds later, Cassie Carlson cleared the defenders and drilled an open shot to the upper left corner of the Rifle net for a 2-0 Demon lead with 27:28 to play in the first half.

” … especially that second goal,” White said. “That really helped to calm us down a little bit.”

With Rifle continuing to apply pressure, the Demons broke out with Ashley Holtum winning a downfield race to the ball. Cutting down the sideline, she beat everyone to the through pass and knocked it into the goal for a 3-0 advantage.

Then Strautman, with her second goal of the game (and 16th of the season), extended the halftime lead to 4-0. Rebecca Lundin provided the assist and Strautman finished with a shot across the goal mouth, into the net.

Cunningham provided the assist on the Demon’s first goal of the second half, a shot from Brieanne Rippy from a difficult angle on the left side.

Amy Ackerman became the fifth different Demon to score when she converted a penalty kick – low right – to complete the 6-0 scoring.

“Rifle definitely takes us out of our game,” White said, crediting the Bears for their effort and play throughout the match. “They put pressure on and they continued to put pressure on.”

In the second half, Rifle’s attacking flurries were led by Haley Hubbell and Ashley Gavito, along with Nicole Erpstad and Kira Harrison and Alicia Kuhns.

The win in the rivalry match at Stubler Memorial Field improved the Demons to 6-1-0 overall, 5-0-0 in the 4A Western Slope League.

The Demons will continue conference play Saturday with a match at Palisade. The varsity game is set for 1 p.m., after the 11 a.m. junior varsity match.

The Rifle girls soccer team will play at Steamboat springs on Saturday, with the varsity match set for 11 a.m.

Then on Monday, April 15, the Bears will play at Eagle Valley in a nonleague match.

Aspen 4, Roaring Fork 2

Aspen scored twice in the second half to edge Roaring Fork in 3A Western Slope League soccer match in Carbondale Thursday evening.

Roaring Fork opened the scoring with Erin Young’s goal and a 1-0 lead.

Aspen then scored twice to take a 2-1 lead.

But right before halftime, Tia Smilack scored for the Rams to tie match 2-2.

Aspen’s girls scored two goals in the second half for the win.

Roaring Fork is 2-5-0 overall and 2-3-0 in the 3A Western Slope League.


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