Demons sweep away Bulldogs
Craig Daily Press
Glenwood Springs, Co Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Two games into its season-opening seven-game road trip, the Moffat County High School girls soccer team has yet to find the back of the net.
The Bulldogs lost 5-0 Friday to the Demons, the Bulldogs’ second consecutive shutout loss to begin the 2009 season.
Glenwood Springs (1-0 overall, 1-0 in the 4A Western Slope League) scored two goals in the first half, and exploded for three in the second, on its way to a season-opening shutout victory at home.
Moffat County (0-2, 0-2) managed just two shots on goal to the Demons’ 25.
“We were missing some girls and it hurt us substitution-wise,” Moffat County coach Dave Rodriguez said. “We gave them a good battle in the first half, but in the second half the defense got tired and we got broken down. The girls were really beat up.”
The teams played a tight defensive game until nearly 20 minutes into the first half.
Demon freshman Michaela Mansfield scored 19 minutes in to break the defensive stalemate and put the home team on the board first.
It would prove to be all the offense Glenwood would need.
Mansfield scored her second goal of the game 16 minutes before the half, boosting the home team to a 2-0 lead at the break.
“The first 10 minutes of the game our touch was just horrible,” Demons coach Bryan Stoltzfus said. “We were standing around and just looked sluggish. The first couple of goals we were just pushing it up to our freshmen, and they have some speed and some really good skills, so they were beating people.”
The second half didn’t fare any better than the first for the Bulldogs.
Glenwood freshman Holly Brown scored 10 minutes into the second frame, and junior Allie Rippy found the back of the Moffat County net 15 minutes later for a commanding 4-0 Glenwood lead.
Brown scored her second goal of the evening with nine minutes left in regulation to account for the final margin of victory.
“The second half we played like I wanted them to,” Stoltzfus said. “They were passing good, running the spaces, passing on the feet, playing smart defense and they communicated well.”
Glenwood goaltender Kenzie Kuhn stopped both Moffat County shots on the way to earning her first shutout of the season.
“It was a good lesson for them,” Rodriguez said of his team. “They needed this. I think it’s going to help them out. They are definitely a strong team, they just have to play smarter.”
Both teams have a quick turnaround. Each plays an 11 a.m. road game today. Moffat visits Eagle Valley, while the Demons visit Steamboat Springs.
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