Demons slam door on Huskies
Heidi Wild took the opportunity to score as a personal challenge.
Given a chance to play in the offensive end against Battle Mountain, the Glenwood Springs sweeper scored twice in the second half to help the Demons to a 5-0 rout of Battle Mountain in Thursday’s Western Slope League girls soccer game at Stubler Memorial Field.
“(Coach) Steve White told me `you have eight minutes to do this, do you want it or not?'”
The sophomore accepted the challenge and ran with it.
“It was a personal and an emotional challenge, because I don’t score, ever. So it was great,” Wild said.
Wild’s goals were the icing on the cake for the Demons, who recorded their second straight shutout in as many games, while raising their record to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the WSL.
“With Heidi’s soccer skills she can play anywhere on the field,” said White.
“She just doesn’t get that opportunity to play up front, so it was kind of fun to let her have that chance.”
By the time Wild was given the chance, the Demons had the game well in hand.
Forward Jacquie Ramero knocked home the game’s initial goal with 1 minute, 58 seconds left before halftime.
The sophomore’s score sprung the lid on the Demons’ offense, which, despite peppering Battle Mountain goalkeeper Killion Hunn with seven shots, converted once in the opening 40 minutes.
“We struggled a little bit in the first half because we didn’t play the wet ball real well” said White.
The Demons, made up for its slow start in the second half.
Three minutes into the second half Glenwood midfielder Brittany Rippy slipped through the Huskies’ defense and headed a shot off the crossbar and in on Abby Willman’s cornerkick for a 2-0 lead.
The Demons continued their assault, firing 11 shots on goal in the second half and scored three times.
Cassie Carlson fired a blast inside the low post in the 57th minute off a Willman throw-in.
Then Wild took center stage.
Moved to the front with 8 minutes left, Wild scored the first time she touched the ball as a forward.
After gaining control inside the midfield stripe, Wild maneuvered around a Battle Mountain defender and had open field to the goal.
As the game drew to a close, Wild snuck into the box, flagged down a Hunn rebound and tucked in past the fallen keeper for the game’s final score.
With no games until April 3, due to spring break and scheduling, White looks at the team’s time off as bittersweet.
“At one hand we get out of touch a little bit, but on the other hand, we need a rest and it give us a chance to reorganize and start fresh when we return from spring break. But it was a good way to finish.”
Battle Mountain coach Kate O’Connor, whose team fell to 0-4 with the loss, sees good things in the future for the all-underclassmen Huskies.
“In general, we’ve had a really good showing. With such a young team and no seniors, we came out and were able to obtain the goals we had set for ourselves and stepped up our play.”
Now, according to O’Conner, team improvement is a matter of chemistry.
“The defense has solidified, now we’re trying to get the front together.”
GLENWOOD SPRINGS 5, BATTLE MTN. 0
Battle Mtn. 0 0-0
Glenwood 1 4-5
GS-Jacquie Ramero (Chelsea Strautman), 38:02, GS-Brittany Rippy (Abby Willman), 43:07; GS-Cassie Carlson (Willman), 57:19, GS-Heidi Wild (Carlson), 72:34; GS-Wild (unassisted), 79:19.
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