Glenwood gets by ‘Dogs, 2-1 |

Glenwood gets by ‘Dogs, 2-1

Phil Sandoval

PALISADE – Prom night is suppose to be festive. On Saturday morning, Chelsea Strautman and Keegan Nadon made sure the Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team got the day off to a good start.

The teammates’ key plays in the final moments against Palisade secured a 2-1 win for the Demons over Palisade in a Class 4A Western Slope League game.

Strautman broke a 1-all tie in the 75th minute by redirecting Abby Willman’s pass beyond Bulldog goalie Kelli Given for the winning score.

Nadon, the Demons’ keeper, preserved the Demon victory when she punched away Sarah Brown’s free kick outside the penalty area in the game’s final seconds.

Glenwood coach Steve White was happy to come away with the win, particularly considering some of the outside factors.

He pointed to the list of growing injuries, along with the game’s 10 a.m. start and that night’s Prom as problems.

“We did not come out excited,” he said. “Sometimes when we play a team like Palisade, we come out a little flat.”

“It was tough today,” Strautman said. “We had a lot of injuries in the Steamboat game. It wore us down and we were not totally prepared.”

But, the Demons lack of spark was not evident in the game’s early moments.

Freshman Tobie Rippy gave the Demons a fast 1-0 lead by scoring in the 4th minute. And, the Bulldogs, who finished with three total shots on goal, were far from sparkling.

As the game progressed, Glenwood had plenty of opportunities to put the Bulldogs away, but couldn’t get a shot pass Given.

The Bulldog keeper made 13 saves to keep it close.

Palisade’s Melissa Thate changed the complexion of the game when the junior striker scored in the 71st minute to knot the game at 1-1.

Four minutes later Strautman broke the tie.

After the goal, The ‘Dogs started to press forward. The Demon defense committed a costly foul to set up the free kick.

The infraction, along with the spot of the free kick – on the right wing, just outside the penalty area – had White worried.

“It was like a flashback to last year,” the coach said. “We lost in overtime to them on a shot from that distance.”

Not this time.

Nadon alertly flicked Brown’s initial shot away. Just before the final whistle sounded, Deserae Corbin’s rebound shot fired wide of the Demon goal.

The win raises Glenwood’s overall record to 6-2-1 and 5-1-1 in the WSL. Palisade falls to 2-8-0, 2-6-0.

Glenwood Springs 2, Palisade 1

GS- Tobie Rippy (Ashley Jantzsch), 4:00, P-Melissa Thate (unassisted), 71:00, GS-Chelsea Strautman (Abby Willman), 75:00.

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