Demons top Devils in soccer
Glenwood Springs junior Chelsea Strautman had been in a scoring slump lately.
The leading scorer for the Demons had gone two consecutive matches without a point. But Tuesday at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, she returned to form.
Unfortunately for Eagle Valley, Strautman chose the Devils as her breakout game.
The junior had two goals, including a crucial score just after half to give Glenwood Springs a 3-1 lead, and two assists to lead the Demons to a 6-1 win over the Devils.
Glenwood’s Rebecca Lundin scored the first two goals, the first coming off a nifty banana ball into the corner of the net, before Eagle Valley’s Lyndsay Beasley arched a ball from the corner into the net.
The 2-1 halftime lead was key, as the Demons had the wind for the second half.
“We knew we had a tough opponent in Eagle Valley, so we needed to reorganize some other things,” Glenwood Springs head coach Steve White said. “It’s especially tough with the wind. When we lost the coin toss, we had to adjust.”
Lundin’s second goal came on a long breakaway she played to perfection. A simple touch past the keeper was all that was needed.
“I felt the first two goals they scored – that was the ballgame,” Devils head coach Bob Graham said.
“I thought Glenwood came out flat. We just didn’t understand or we didn’t read the momentum of the game. Good teams do that. You have to notice your opportunities. We didn’t do that.”
After halftime, Strautman took a centering ball from Cassie Carlson and headed the ball into the net for her first goal.
Two minutes later, the Demons Heather Hert found her first goal of the game, also on a header on a centering ball. Hert also had two goals in the game.
“We’ve been waiting for her to get a header from the corner for years,” Glenwood head coach Steve White said. Hert was assisted on one goal by Abby Willman and by Strautman on the other.
The Devils cut the lead back to two goals when Beasley controlled a free ball and in a full sprint, tapped the ball past a defender to Devils forward Samantha Phillips.
Phillips dumped the ball in the corner of the net for a textbook goal.
Seconds later, Hert boomed a ball that bounced over the head of the Devils’ goalie and into the net.
Tuesday’s nonconference win improves Glenwood’s mark to 9-2-0 overall.
The Demons head to Rifle Thursday, a team they beat 6-0 earlier in the season.
“It’s a critical game for us,” White said. “We’re not expecting the same kind of results this time. Playing at their place is a big challenge.”
The Devils travel to Aspen for what Graham acknowledges is Eagle Valley’s biggest game of the season.
Win and the Devils have a lock on second place in the 3A Western Slope League.
Lose and Eagle Valley must beat Roaring Fork Saturday and Basalt Tuesday to get the same seed for the District playoffs.
“I think the girls really want Basalt again,” Graham said. “But that game doesn’t matter. We have to beat an Aspen team that is going to be hungry.”
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