Glenwood Springs soccer knocks off Battle Mountain
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” With about nine minutes left in Thursday’s girls soccer game against Battle Mountain, Glenwood Springs freshman Corey Gera sprinted off the field and double high-fived coach Bryan Stoltzfus.
It was time to rest.
Scoring two goals and helping the girls soccer Demons to their first win over Battle Mountain since 2003, the youngster more than earned her end-of-game breather. Holly Brown and Bryttnie Evans added goals as Glenwood knocked off the visiting Huskies 4-1 on a chilly night at Stubler Memorial Field.
“It’s been a long time,” said Stoltzfus, wearing a wide grin. “They’ve embarrassed us for years. They’ve literally embarrassed us. This is extra special.”
The coach’s high-five partner also savored the moment.
“We stepped it up,” Gera said. “The last few games we’ve been gliding by and we really had to work for this one.”
And the Demons got to work early against the two-time defending 4A Western Slope League champs.
Gera put Glenwood on the board first when Battle Mountain goalkeeper Nicole Frye’s kick ricocheted off Demon Michaela Mansfield and into Gera’s possession. The freshman netted a short-range shot and the Demons were in business in the 13th minute.
Two and a half minutes later, another Glenwood freshman, Holly Brown, won a ball inside the box and lasered a liner high into the corner of the net to make it 2-0 in favor of the hosts. It was the fifth goal in two games for Brown, who scored four in a 5-2 win over Delta on Tuesday.
Battle Mountain got on the board roughly five minutes after Brown’s strike, winning a free kick after Glenwood keeper Shannon O’Gara-Standiford dropped possession inside the box. Lizzie Seibert bent home a shot from 18 yards away to cut into the Demons’ lead.
But Glenwood, which improved to 8-1-0 overall and to 7-1-0 in the 4A Western Slope League, kept peppering the Battle Mountain defense with shots.
Eventually, the pressure paid off.
In the 36th minute, Bryttnie Evans found pay dirt, sailing a rainbow of a shot past the arms of Frye and into the net from nearly 35 yards out.
Leaving nothing to doubt, the Demons didn’t rest on their 3-1 halftime advantage.
Just two minutes into the second half, Gera added her second goal of the night. Breaking well ahead of the defense up the left flat, the speedy freshman booted a line drive high into the far corner.
The momentum-crushing strike stood out in the mind of Battle Mountain coach David Cope.
“That goal at the beginning of the second half was a great goal,” he said. “It was a back-breaker. … At that time in the game, we were feeling like we could come out good in the second half and make a game of it.”
Cope, whose Huskies fell to 6-5-0 overall and to 5-2-0 in league, hopes his team responds positively to Thursday’s dose of adversity.
“Our intention is still to qualify for the playoffs,” he said. “We have to rise from this and put together a couple of good performances the next couple games.”
A Saturday trip to Palisade is next on the slate for Battle Mountain. Glenwood is scheduled to travel to Moffat County the same day.
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Area prep soccer players and their coaches were well-represented in the 3A and 4A All Western Slope League selections announced this week.