Glenwood defeats shorthanded Rifle on Senior Night
Racing out to a decisive 6-0 advantage by halftime, the Glenwood Springs Demons were able to lock up a 10-0 Western Slope League victory over the Rifle Bears on Thursday evening at Stubler Memorial Field.
The Demons, a talented group of young ladies with skilled players at every position who share the ball nicely, had the Rifle goal surrounded for almost the entire contest, as the Bears were kept on the defensive early and often.
Glenwood’s first goal of the contest came at the 31:12 mark of the first half when Nina Scruton’s kick from the corner was caught in mid-flight by Devan McSwain who pounded the ball past Rifle keeper Karly Ruiz.
Just a few minutes following the goal by McSwain, Scruton narrowly missed a shot from the side of the north goal, but the bounce off the post found opportunistic Demon Bailey Cox waiting to flick the ball back into the net as Glenwood found itself on top 2-0.
With the Bears not able to mount much pressure on the Demon defensive line of Mae Lang Burns, Julia Mulhall, Celia Scruton and Leigh Anne Johnson, Glenwood continued to push hard toward increasing the lead.
At 17:46 showing on the first half clock, Scruton, the master of the corner kick, narrowly missed connecting with Eryn Peterson in front of the Bear goal, but Ashley Weir got back the lost Demon opportunity as she maneuvered the ball through a host of Rifle defenders to punch one with authority into the net and put her team on top 3-0.
The floodgates began to open as Peterson got another scoring opportunity off a long pass and made good on her second chance to score putting the Demons up 4-0. Another score by Peterson and a goal by Levyn Thomas accounted for the sum of the first half lead for Glenwood.
Despite facing the long hill to climb out of at halftime, Rifle Head Coach Lisle Harrison was pleased that his Bears never gave up.
“It’s certainly a positive that the kids kept working,” Harrison said. “We just don’t have many kids right now on the team. Five of our varsity players had to play in the junior varsity game.”
Glenwood added to their lead in the second half at the 37:07 mark on the clock as Carly Shimp scored to make the margin 7-0. Freshman Natalya Taylor then got the ball deep in Rifle territory, and following a few hesitation moves, she scored on a high shot into the net for an 8-0 lead.
Mae Lang Burns decided to put an end to the contest and send the two teams home early as she first scored on a penalty kick, and then booted one from the side into the south goal as the game was ended on the 10-0 mercy rule, and Burns was greeted with high-fives and hugs all around by fellow Demons.
With Thursday’s loss, the Bears drop to 1-10 on the season and 0-8 in Western Slope League play. They will next host Montrose this Saturday in a nonconference tilt.
Glenwood moves to 7-4 overall and now sports a 6-3 WSL mark. The Demons will be off until next Wednesday, April 26, when they will travel to Edwards for a key league matchup with the Battle Mountain Huskies. Glenwood and Battle Mountain are currently tied for second place in the 4A WSL. Both teams are two games back of conference leader Palisade.
“It’s a very big game,” Glenwood Head Coach Joe Calabrese said. “The girls are looking forward to it. We’re going to try and take the momentum from the last couple of games and keep building on it. We’ll be ready.”