Frey lifts Demons past Rifle
Cruel or sweet? It depends on which side of the score you look at in Glenwood Springs’ 2-1 win over Rifle Tuesday night.The final outcome was very sweet for Demons forward Conner Frey, who knocked home the winning score to the far post in the 57th minute.
“I had open field,” Frey said after receiving Cory McGrath’s pass on the left wing. “I knew I was a little faster than the defender, so I took off down the field and swung.”In the game’s critical moments for Glenwood, the ball seemed to swing to Pat Shepard. The Demon senior tied the game 1-1 on a second-half penalty kick. Later, Shepard made the game’s key defensive play when he stopped a dangerous-looking shot to the low, short-side post from Rifle’s L.A. Reynolds in the 69th minute to preserve the win.”I didn’t notice where I was. All I did was try to get in front of the ball,” Shepard said.
The Bears’ league mark fell to 4-3-2 (5-4-2 overall). The final score had coach Tom Taucher shaking his head in deep thought.”Soccer can be a cruel game,” Taucher said. “We won the air war. We won the ground war. We won the shot war. They won the goal war.”Rifle’s Sean Melody netted the only goal of the first half when he cruised, unguarded inside the far end of the penalty box, then ripped Kyle McElroy’s crossing pass to the near post.After the Demons (6-1-1, 8-1-1) took the lead, it took a couple of heads-up plays from their defense to keep Rifle from evening the score.
Glenwood keeper Isaac Hussain – playing for injured No. 1 goalie Thais Kulwiec and injured No. 2 Joe Schreiner – flicked away a dangerous shot, headed for the inside post in the 63rd minute.”Their keeper played great,” Taucher said. “We had four or five chances inside the 12-yard line and three or four more inside the six. And Glenwood held firm.”And Hussain had some help. It was Shepard who backtracked to the Demons goal, shooing out Reynolds’ drive when Hussain was caught outside the goalie box.Glenwood plays a nonleague home game against Delta County at 6 p.m. today. Rifle hosts last-place Western Slope League team Palisade at 4 p.m. Thursday.Glenwood plays a nonleague home game against Delta County at 6 p.m. today. Rifle hosts last-place Western Slope League team Palisade at 4 p.m. Thursday.
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