Demons sink Sailors in high scoring affair
There was a shootout at Stubler Memorial Field Thursday evening.
It didn’t include firearms or even overtime, it was just regulation soccer between the Glenwood Springs Demons and the Steamboat Springs Sailors.
In a game that included five penalty kicks, three players with hat tricks and 13 goals between the two squads, the Demons left the battle with an 7-6 Class 4A Western Slope League victory.
“It was a goal scoring extravaganza,” Glenwood coach Bob Guska said. “Both offenses were definitely top-notch, because they were going through some very strong defenses.”
The Demons’ one-two punch on the front line was back and with a vengeance against Steamboat as Ross Smith – making his return after missing two games due to a back injury – and Derrek Weller led the Demon attack with three goals apiece.
“It makes it so much better (with Smith in the lineup),” Weller said. “There’s like three-quarters of the pressure off me.”
Glenwood’s Ian Lochhead started off the scoring 5 minutes into the game after being awarded a penalty kick and beating Steamboat goalie Kelly Carlson with a shot to the upper left corner.
Ten minutes later Marcus Bernier forced a turnover at midfield and hit a streaking Weller for a 2-0 lead.
Smith got into the action three minutes later, one-timing a perfect Lochhead pass past Carlson for a 3-0 lead.
However, as the Demons would learn, no lead was safe.
Glenwood had a chance to take a 4-0 edge with 17 minutes left in the half on another Lochhead penalty kick, but Carlson made a diving save on the shot.
Not to be outdone, Glenwood goalie Buster Bosna stopped Kyle Nelson on a penalty kick with 9 minutes left in the opening half.
Nelson, however, quickly made amends for the missed opportunity and kicked off a furious Steamboat Rally.
Nelson netted a breakaway goal, his first of three in the game, and in less than three minutes Steamboat was suddenly even with Glenwood at 3-all thanks to tallies by J.J. Jenny and Harry Packer.
“They earned those goals,” Guska said. “It shows that a three-goal lead doesn’t mean anything.”
Nelson gave the Sailors a 4-3 lead headed into the halftime break, finishing off a mad scramble in front of the Demon goal in the closing minutes.
“Our goal after the half was, for the first 20 minutes, to go as hard as we could,” Guska said. “We wanted to get at least the tying goal.”
The Demons got that tying goal less than five minutes into the stanza. Bernier knocked an indirect kick to the front of the Steamboat goal that went off Lochhead’s head and was eventually put away by Smith.
The tie was short-lived, however, as Packer tallied a penalty kick goal to regain the advantage for Steamboat at 5-4 in the 60th minute of the game.
But the momentum continued to bounce back and forth between Steamboat to Glenwood.
Weller tallied his second goal of the night, tipping the ball from the hands of Carlson and knocking it in for a 5-5 tie. Three minutes later Weller was taken down in the penalty box and Smith converted on the penalty kick.
Weller wrapped up the Glenwood scoring in the 77th minute with a breakaway goal that, under normal circumstances, would have sealed the contest at 7-5.
But this wasn’t a normal game.
Steamboat kept the up the offensive pressure and Nelson looped a goal over the head of Bosna to cut the lead to 7-6 and keep the fans on the edge of their seats for the final minutes. The comeback would not be completed though.
“We’ve learned to appreciate that anything can happen on Glenwood’s home field,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “The past 10 or 12 years we’ve come over here I think we’ve won one game and tied one game at their field. They do the things you need to do to win.”
With the victory Glenwood improves to 3-1 in WSL, while Steamboat drops to 2-1. The Demons travel to Battle Mountain for another league game Saturday with action beginning at 11 a.m.
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