Glenwood Springs comes up short vs. Steamboat in opener, 2-0
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team used a dynamic opening 10 minutes and two goals from senior Ryan McConnell to down Glenwood Springs, 2-0, in the Western Slope League opener for both teams.McConnell pounded in his first goal of the game in the fifth minute when fellow senior Daniel Wright drew a defender to the right sideline and fed McConnell on a perfect pass.The second came when Andrew White crossed a ball through the left side of the box and McConnell snuck a shot by Glenwood goalkeeper Kurt Hartmann.Scoring opening goals that quick gets us fired up for the whole game,McConnell said. It gets us set for the rest of the game.Although the two teams each had opportunities the rest of the game, it was Steamboats ability to possess the ball that dictated the outcome.The Sailors (3-0 overall, 1-0 in league play) showed patience and poise in limiting the Demons chances.Glenwoods lone chance in the first half came in the 39th minute when Fabian Tapias corner kick sailed just through the box.Weve got a new defense and its still jelling, Glenwood coach John Mount said. We saw some good stuff, and well make some adjustments. But Steamboats a good team. They play the possession well and wait for their opportunities.In the second half, with Steamboat still controlling the pace of play, Glenwood finally started to get something going.The Demons (0-1 overall, 0-1 in league play) had back-to-back chances in the 58th and 62nd minutes when Tapia was able to put good passes on the foot of Ryan Young. The first time Steamboat goalkeeper Connor Birch got to the ball, with Young tapping the second try just wide.Its just back to basic, simple soccer, Mount said. Really our chemistry was a little off. I think it could certainly be better in certain situations.Although Steamboat dictated play most of the night, Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said he was pleased with the start but would have liked to see more authoritative play in the second stanza.Its not an issue with the poise and possession and knocking it around, said Bohlmann, whose team has opened up all three games this year by scoring in the opening five minutes. What was really lacking in the second half was the ability to kill the game off and find that third goal. The mentality was all possession, and we lacked the attacking mentality. But thats certainly a good problem to have.Steamboat continues play at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Rifle.
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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.