Glenwood gets early lead on Coal Ridge, rolls to nonleague win
The Glenwood Springs Demons and the Coal Ridge Titans, two of the best soccer teams the area has to offer, took to the field on Tuesday evening at Stubler Memorial Field to get down to business and settle some valley bragging rights.
After a competitive, hard-fought affair, it’s the Demons who can fluff their feathers and do a bit of crowing, following a 5-2 victory that pushed their overall season’s record to 6-4.
“It was two good teams playing tonight,” second-year Glenwood Coach Joe Calabrese said. “The first 20 minutes of the game, we certainly came out with the intensity that was needed.”
The fans had barely settled into their seats before the quick-striking Demons got on the board as freshman Natalya Taylor took a perfect centering pass from teammate Nina Scruton, and floated the ball softly over Coal Ridge senior goalkeeper Alexys Holder to give Glenwood a 1-0 lead less than one minute into the game.
With 37:26 showing on the clock, Taylor gave her team a 2-0 edge as she slapped one into the back of the Titan net providing Glenwood with an avalanche of early momentum.
Coal Ridge, after weathering the initial Demon red storm, began to settle down and penetrate the ball into the Glenwood end of the field, but the Titans couldn’t manage to get the ball deep enough to fire any threatening shots at Demon keeper Erin Bucchin.
Still applying constant offensive pressure, Glenwood got its third goal of the night when Scruton lofted a picture-perfect corner kick to Eryn Peterson, who headed the ball past Holder, as the Demons were threatening to run away from the Titans and hide.
Other than their plain white uniforms, nothing was drab about Glenwood in the first 21 minutes of play, as Peterson would move the Demons to a 4-0 margin following a nice bouncing assist from Devan McSwain.
“We just have a habit of starting out slowly,” Coal Ridge Head Coach Damon Martinez said. “You’ve got to be ready to bring it right away. Every game we play, we get down early, then we expend a lot of energy fighting our way back.”
And fight back the Titans did.
Junior midfielder Jenny Pena got Coal Ridge going as she slipped past the Glenwood defense at the 12:39 mark of the first half to give the Titans their initial goal of the game.
Just before the halftime whistle sounded, junior Santana Martinez scored as she chopped a shot over Bucchin to get the Demons’ attention and make things interesting at 4-2.
The big early deficit was too much for the Titans to overcome, though, as Glenwood’s Carly Shimp and Ashley Weir handled the ball well, keeping the pressure on the Coal Ridge end of the field. When Peterson got her third goal of the game for Glenwood, scoring off a rebound deflection by new Titan keeper Annie Esgar, the Demons had put the exclamation mark on the nonconference victory.
Coal Ridge (6-4, 4-1 3A WSL) will swing back into league play this coming Saturday afternoon when they will host Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
Glenwood (6-4, 5-3 4A WSL) will have to brace for another rivalry game, this time a conference affair, as the Rifle Bears will come for a visit this Thursday night, with game time slated for 6 p.m.
ASPEN 9, GRAND VALLEY 4
Hosting the Aspen Skiers Tuesday, the Grand Valley Cardinals’ girls soccer team fell by a score of 9-4.
Aspen scored 6 goals in the first half and three goals in the second half to pull away for the win over the Cardinals.
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