Groggy Glenwood gets goals
Post Independent Staff
GRAND JUNCTION ” Sometimes, it takes a shock to roust a team into action.
Such was the case for Glenwood Springs in Saturday’s league match against Palisade.
The Demons played flat in the first half against a team in the midst of a nine-game losing streak and were in danger of losing ground in the Western Slope League playoff race. But after going into intermission tied, Glenwood turned things around for a 3-1 victory.
“It’s always an advantage to play at home, and (Palisade) came out to play today,” said Demons coach Linda Loman. “In the first half we weren’t getting first to the ball, and we were having a hard time finding ourselves.”
Glenwood took command in the second half, keeping play on Palisade’s defensive side of the field. Still, it took a while for the Demons to score.
Jaquie Romero broke the deadlock when she slipped a shot inside the left post in the 53rd minute. After taking the lead, Glenwood wasn’t going to give Palisade a chance to generate an attack.
“In the second half we were much more aggressive, and it showed,” Loman said. “We did much more than in the first half.”
After matching Glenwood shot-for-shot in the first half, the Bulldogs had one shot on goal in the latter 40 minutes, on keeper Kelsey Hert.
Meanwhile, the Demons kept Palisade keeper Kelli Given on her toes by firing 14 shots on the Bulldogs net.
Given, who finished with 16 saves (12 in the second half), managed to swat a few dangerous drives away, but looked fatigued from the Demons continual attack.
Tobie Rippy, who scored the game’s first goal back at the 16th minute, netted Glenwood’s third goal in the game’s final seconds.
Glenwood improves to 7-5-1 in league (7-6-1 overall) and is tied with rival Rifle for third place. Glenwood and Rifle will decide which team claims third-place honors Thursday in the regular-season finale.
Palisade ends its season with a record of 2-12 (2-13).
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