Glenwood thumps Rifle, looks for revenge vs. Steamboat
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RIFLE, Colorado ” In the waning moments of Thursday’s girls soccer game between Glenwood Springs and Rifle, the sprinklers deep in the Demons’ offensive third suddenly came to life. The gushing mist of water at Rifle High School’s soccer field did about as much to cool the Demons down as anything else has of late.
Behind a pair of goals from Holly Brown and scores from Michaela Mansfield, Abbe Vincent, Corey Gera and Sarah Treese, Glenwood coasted to its 11th straight win with a 6-1 dispatching of Rifle.
Next up for the Demons: Steamboat Springs.
Glenwood will play host to the Sailors tonight at 6 p.m. with revenge on its mind. Steamboat beat the 12-1-0 Demons back on March 14 by a 4-1 margin.
“Like our coach said, the playoffs basically start tomorrow,” Brown said. “It’s going to be the most intense game.”
Glenwood’s postgame huddle in Rifle broke with a “Beat Steamboat!” chant, if that serves as any indication of just how badly the Demons want a win over their 11-3-0 rivals.
“I told them to be in bed by 9 o’clock tonight,” Glenwood coach Bryan Stoltzfus said in the aftermath of Thursday’s win. “I was serious.”
First, though, the Demons took care of business in Rifle.
Moving the ball around with efficiency and dominating the possession battle, the visitors scored early and often, building a 2-0 lead by halftime.
“We definitely moved the ball around a lot more,” Brown said. “We played to our space. We just hustled more. We need to bring that to Steamboat.”
Thanks in part to that ball movement, Gera finished with two assists. Mansfield, Megan Gould and Erika Stripp also chipped in with helpers.
Mikel Condie scored Rifle’s lone goal, taking a long Caitlin Clay pass from the left corner and nudging home a short-range shot.
It was a bright spot on an otherwise difficult afternoon for the Bears.
“They’re bummed,” Rifle coach Jennifer DeHamer said. “I know they’re frustrated. I wasn’t really disappointed with the way they played because we had our opportunities. We just need to finish them.”
The home fans at Rifle bid adieu to four seniors on Thursday. Caitlin Clay, Karen Barraza, Sandy Samson and Marci Kreimier all played their final home game as Bears and were honored with a pregame ceremony.
“They’re some of my strongest players,” DeHamer said. “It’s going to be sad.”
The senior quartet does have one game left to play, though. Rifle (5-8-0) closes its season out today with a trip to Delta.
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