Glenwood Soccer outguns Rifle
Post Independent Staff
Glernwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado – As the end of the second half neared, Glenwood Springs held the edge in just about every statistical category.
The shot-on-goal advantage belonged to the Demons. So did the possession battle.
Regardless, the scoreboard read 0-0.
Well, that all changed in a hurry.
Three goals in the final 2 minutes, 42 seconds of the first half sparked Glenwood’s offense in what would end as a 6-0 boys soccer win over rival Rifle on Saturday.
“We just knew it was kind of a matter of time before something would sink in,” Demons coach John Mount said. “The boys were confident. We’ve really been working on our attacking third game the whole week in practice.”
And once a free kick off the foot of Mike McGraw found its mark in the 38th minute, the Bears found themselves buried in an avalanche of Glenwood offense.
McGraw nearly broke the scoring open much earlier than the 38th minute, directly rifling home a free kick in the 17th minute that was supposed to be indirect. Thus, the point never made it to the board.
“We dodged a couple bullets,” Rifle coach Ryan Mahler said.
Maybe a minute after McGraw’s actual goal, the Demons made it 2-0 when Garrett Brown lofted a long pass to Danny Weller, who, positioned just right of the goal, settled the ball off his chest and knocked in a short-range shot.
Then came a goal of the wacky variety.
Glenwood’s Nate Kaup found a divot on the pitch with a long-range shot, a hole that caused the ball to skip up and off the crossbar. The ball ricocheted out to Erik Pena, who finished for the first of his two Saturday goals.
Like his coach, Pena felt it was a matter of time before his Demons would find the net.
“It was actually pretty fun, because we get to make a lot of passes and look for those moments where you can score,” he said. “You’ve just got to find that perfect moment.”
Glenwood created three more perfect moments in the second half.
Clay Hawkins and Hunter Brown both drilled 20-yarders in the first 10 minutes to pad the Demons’ lead.
Then, in the 72nd minute, Pena scored his second goal, again on a rebound. This time, the opportunistic senior finished in the aftermath of a shot by Weller.
The win pushed Glenwood to 4-0-2 overall and to 2-0-1 in the 4A Western Slope League. Rifle is now 0-5-1 overall and 0-3-1 in league.
“In that first half, I was impressed,” Mahler said. “I was really pleased with their play in the first half.”
Rifle returns to the pitch Thursday against visiting Eagle Valley. Glenwood heads to Battle Mountain on Tuesday.
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