Glenwood girls soccer splits a pair of conference games, moves to 4-3

Mike Vidakovich
Special to the Post Independent

Bouncing back in fine fashion from a narrow 1-0 home defeat at the hands of the Battle Mountain Huskies on Thursday, the Glenwood Springs girls boosted their season record above the .500 mark with a 1-0 Western Slope League victory over the Summit Tigers on Friday night at Stubler Memorial Field.

The big play of the evening came off the leg of Glenwood senior Sydney Reinhold, who calmly popped a shot high into the net of the south goal, past Summit keeper Sarah Pappas, to give the Demons the only score they would need to claim the conference win. Reinhold’s decisive shot came with just 8:33 left to play in the contest.

“This was a big win for us. The loss against Battle Mountain stung a little bit and the girls felt like they didn’t play their best in that one,” said Glenwood head coach Matt Chilson. “After that loss on Thursday, the girls challenged each other to play better in all aspects of the game and to keep our eye on the goals for the season.

“This group of girls really care about each other. The team chemistry is great and the effort is always there.”

It was a game in which neither team could find much offensive traction in a fairly uneventful first half of play. Demon sophomore forward Brinlee Allen had her shot sail just wide of the Summit goal with 12:08 to play in the first half.

Glenwood senior Ella Johnson also had a good look at breaking the scoreless tie with 8:29 to go until intermission, but her scoring attempt, which was set up by a deceptive crossover dribble to elude Summit defenders, was stopped by Pappas directly in front of the north net.

Just prior to Reinhold’s winning goal, Johnson had a penalty kick attempt with 12:17 left to play narrowly miss its mark, hitting off the top of the goal’s crossbar and bounding harmlessly away.

Sophomore Sydney Schriok came within a whisker of adding a late insurance goal for the Demons following the shot by Reinhold, but her kick was just wide of giving Glenwood a second score on the night.

Senior goalkeeper Paige Rightmire recorded the shutout win for the Demons.

Next up for Glenwood (4-3, 3-2 WSL) will be a trip to Edwards on Tuesday for a conference rematch with the Battle Mountain Huskies.

Other Thursday soccer scores: Vail Mountain 7, Rifle 0; Aspen 5, Coal Ridge 1; Delta 2, Roaring Fork 1.

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