Glenwood Demons abound on all-league soccer team |

Glenwood Demons abound on all-league soccer team

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent fileGlenwood Springs High School junior Leah Mansfield, left, was among three girls soccer Demons named to the All-4A Western Slope League first team.

The best part about the Glenwood Springs girls soccer program’s big postseason award haul is that each of the Demons’ five All-4A Western Slope League players will be back next spring.

“Yeah, what a young team,” Demons coach Bryan Stoltzfus said. “I’m excited for next year already.”

Stoltzfus, who saw three of his young Demons make the first team and two more land on the list as honorable mentions, has reason to be excited. Glenwood pieced together a 12-2-1 overall record in 2009, good enough for a trip to the playoffs.

With first-teamers Leah Mansfield, a junior, and Holly Brown and Michaela Mansfield, both freshmen, returning next year, more of the same could be in store. Honorable mentions Corey Gera and Erika Stripp are also young ” the former’s a freshman and the latter’s just a sophomore.

Leah Mansfield fell just a few votes shy of winning league MVP honors, an award claimed by Palisade goalkeeper Amelia Davis.

“(Leah’s) control on the ball was amazing. She’d look for her little sister (Michaela) a couple times too often during games,” Stoltzfus joked, “but she just has a great awareness of the field.”

While Leah Mansfield made her impact on defense and with her distribution skills, fellow first-teamers Brown and Michaela Mansfield were big-time finishers from the forward spots. Brown led the team in goals with 17. Mansfield had 14.

In earning honorable mentions, Gera finished with 12 goals and Stripp worked her way from the junior-varsity ranks to start at sweeper for the varsity team.

“Erika stepped in and did an incredible job,” Stoltzfus said. “Obviously, she got the attention of the other coaches.”

Rifle seniors Caitlin Clay and Marci Kreimier and junior Tessa Strouse earned all-league picks as honorable mentions.

The trio helped the Bears to a 5-9 season.

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