Glenwood girls get offensive
Coach Steve White and the Demons were looking for offense.
They found it in Roaring Fork’s end of the field.
The Glenwood Springs girls soccer team, with an opening goal 53 seconds into the match, dominated possession and rolled to an 8-0 victory over the Rams Tuesday evening in nonleague play at Stubler Memorial Field.
Senior Brieanne Rippy scored first for the Demons on a mishandled ball in the mouth of the Roaring Fork goal, on Glenwood’s first possession of the match.
Rippy would add two more goals for a hat trick in the 4A Demons’ opening home match of the season.
Juniors Cassie Carlson and Chelsea Strautman added two goals each for Glenwood Springs.
Shannon Smiley also scored and a half-dozen Demons picked up assists in the win that improved Glenwood’s girls to 1-1-0.
“I wanted to see better shot selection this time,” White said of his Demons, who lost a tight 1-0 match at Grand Junction Central before spring break.
“We moved the ball around really well and our shot selection was much better,” White said.
“We got goals from a lot of different people; we got assists from different people. Our offensive confidence went up,” he said, crediting players like Ashley Holtum for forcing the action and applying the offensive pressure.
White also credited the inexperienced Rams with a hustling effort throughout Tuesday’s match.
“They kept coming back and put some pressure on us in the second half,” White said of the Rams – including Michelle French, Nikki Houser, Katie Stewart, Chelsea Tiernan, Tessa Zugschwerdt, Alyson Romanus, Alexis Crawford, among others.
Roaring Fork’s girls dropped to 0-2-0 with losses to 4A schools Glenwood Springs and Rifle.
White, while pleased with the offensive-minded victory, said he also was relieved that the team got back in the groove after spring break.
A day earlier, he was worried.
“Monday was a horrible practice,” he said of his distracted Demons, still recounting spring break stories.
“I was concerned about this game, but they really came out focused,” he said
The results was the productive 8-nil victory.
“We’ve got to get the mentality of scoring,” White added.
“I think we made a step in that direction today (Tuesday).”
The Demons will host Palisade in the 4A Western Slope League opener on Thursday (6 p.m.).
Roarign Fork is back in action Thursday when the Rams host Olathe in the 3A Western Slope League opener (4 p.m.).
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.