Demons, Sailors renew ‘Springs’ rivalry
In recent years, the Class 4A Western Slope League girls soccer title has come down to a battle between the two Springs – Steamboat and Glenwood.
This season isn’t shaping up to be any different.
Glenwood and the Sailors, both undefeated in league play, meet head-to-head for the first time this season tonight at 6 p.m. at Stubler Field.
“We typically finish No. 1 and 2 (in the WSL),” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “Sometimes it’s us and sometimes it’s them. …We always feel if we can split with Steamboat we’re going to be in good shape.”
Steamboat enters the contest first in the WSL with a record of 7-0, while Glenwood is 4-0-1. Both teams have given up just one goal in a league play, although Glenwood’s goal was a bit more costly.
Rifle scored against both teams, losing 6-1 to Steamboat and tying the Demons 1-1.
The Sailors shut out Moffat County (3-0), Palisade (7-0 and 7-0), Cedaredge (9-0 and 7-0) and Battle Mountain (8-0). Glenwood blanked Battle Mountain (5-0), Palisade (4-0), Moffat County (9-0) and Cedaredge (9-0).
Keegan Nadon has been solid in goal for the Demons this season, allowing six goals, but only one since the season opener against Grand Junction.
Kirsten Ryan hasn’t allowed a goal as keeper for the Sailors this season.
Offensively, Chelsea Strautman paces Glenwood with eight goals and six assists, while Amanda Whiting has four goals and three assists. Cassie Carlson, Heidi Wild and Brittney Rippy all have four goals on the season.
“Cassie Carlson and Chelsea Strautman really get up for Steamboat games,” said White, noting that the two players participate in camps and tournaments with Sailor players and coaches. “They are familiar with the Steamboat girls and it’s exciting for them to get a chance to play against those girls they know so well.”
The Sailors boast five players with five goals or more on the season, led by Jessica Dover’s 10 goals, six assists. Kelly Labor has nine goals, five assists and Nikki Garth has eight goals, six assists.
“We really recognize Nikki Garth as a factor on their team,” White said. “At center midfield she creates a lot for them.”
“What you usually see in a Glenwood-Steamboat game is ball control and possession and a lot of patience,” he added.
“When Steamboat and Glenwood get together, it’s usually pretty soccer and a good looking soccer game.”
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