Demons rebound, dump ’Dawgs
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The result of Thursday night’s Class 4A Western Slope League soccer match for the Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer team felt a lot better to the Demons’ result this past Tuesday.
Glenwood jumped on the Palisade Bulldogs early at Stubler Memorial Field, recovering from an eight-goal loss in their previous outing for a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs.
“That was a real tough loss on Tuesday,” said Glenwood senior Oscar Gallegos, whose indirect-kick goal in the fifth minute gave the Demons the lead for good. “Fortunately we were able to come back a lot stronger today and get the win.”
Indeed, the Demons (3-4-0 overall, 2-3-0 4A WSL) were drenched in more ways than one on Tuesday at Coal Ridge, falling to Class 3A’s top-ranked team, 8-0, during a steady rainfall that lasted throughout the game. But things were pretty clear in more ways than one for Glenwood on Thursday against the Bulldogs (2-5-0, 1-4-0), who were outshot 12-4.
“I think a lot of it was attitude,” said Glenwood senior Shane Pittenger, whose goal in the 24th minute staked Glenwood to a 2-0 lead. “In the Coal Ridge game we got down early, and then we got down on each other. In this one we went out and scored first, and it made a big difference.”
Glenwood was able to control possession for most of the game, playing most of the first half and much of the second half on Palisade’s side of the field. The Bulldogs were able to gain some momentum for the first half of the final 40 minutes and nearly scored on a free kick by Palisade junior Austin Stelmach, but his near-miss in the 46th minute was the best scoring chance his team had.
“They caught us on our heels a little bit [in the second half],” Pittenger said.
Glenwood junior Cameron Horning scored the third and final goal for the demons in the 35th minute, giving him seven of the 13 goals the demons have scored this season. Palisade was also playing with a freshman goalkeeper in Max Kowalczyk, who finished with four saves.
Glenwood Springs junior goalkeeper Ryan Nott recorded the shutout and had two saves.
Gallegos didn’t score on a penalty kick, but his indirect kick from 25 yards away gave the Demons the momentum they never got against Coal Ridge. Pittenger’s goal came after one of the saves by Kowalczyk’s, who knocked away Horning’s shot to Pittenger to give him the chance to finish.
Horning’s penalty kick gave Glenwood a 3-0 halftime edge, but Palisade adjusted at the beginning of the second half and controlled the ball. That helped set up Stelmach for his shot attempt.
Stelmach’s shot was initially ruled a goal. Officials took it away, however, when they realized the ball didn’t bounce off the top of the soccer goal post and in, but off the top of the football goal post, which sits a foot above and a foot in front of the soccer goal post at Stubler. The Bulldogs were given a corner kick afterward, but were unable to break through.
Glenwood doesn’t play again until Tuesday when the Demons host Class 5A Fruita Monument.
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