Huskies outslog Demons for WSL title
For 13 minutes, Glenwood was tied with 2005 and 2004 Class 4A Western Slope League soccer champion Battle Mountain, trying to prevent a three-peat by the Huskies. In cold, rainy, windy weather on Saturday the game was getting sloppy, and quality scoring chances were deteriorating as fast as the conditions on the field. Then, with eight minutes remaining in the game, Battle Mountain pulled up defender Gus Everly, who rolled in a rebound for the game-winning goal, and the Huskies earned their third-straight lock on the WSL’s top spot.”It was one of those games where it could have gone either way, I believe,” said Glenwood head coach Craig Plizga. “The field got wet, it got sloppy. Our goal was similar to their second goal, they just happen sometimes – bad bounces, etc. But they played quality, and I think we played quality.”After Battle Mountain scored five minutes into the game, the Huskies controlled the ball by keeping the ball on their offensive side of the field for the majority of the first half. Glenwood had its chances, but couldn’t convert on about a dozen one-timers in on goal.”I think scoring early gave us a real cushion because even a draw was a good result for us,” said Battle Mountain head coach David Cope. “So scoring a goal early even kinda gave us a feeling of a two-goal lead.”Despite being down by a goal Glenwood did keep the pressure on the Huskies, who got lots of help from Battle Mountain goalkeeper D.J. Van Curan, who had a handful of saves. Finally, the Demons got one by him.
Almost 20 minutes into the second half, Glenwood’s Fabian Tapia knocked in a corner kick rebound to tie the game.”I wasn’t surprised that Glenwood scored,” Cope said. “They’re not going to give up, and on this wet field, things were going to happen. I was surprised that there wasn’t more goals in that second half.”Many of the could-be goals where blocked by Van Curan at one end of the field and Glenwood goalkeeper Tim Cashel, with assistance from defender Ben Fout, on the other. Both of the offenses had opportunities, but no one converted any for 13 minutes.”It was kinda scary, but we have some good players back there,” Fout said of some close calls when Battle Mountain almost scored. Glenwood had one last good attempt to score with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Pat Waller was awarded a direct kick from the 30-yard line, but like many of the Demons’ shots it landed right in the hands of Van Curan.Although Glenwood lost the game, it still has earned a guaranteed spot in the district tournament. The Demons will play three more games, including league showdowns with Steamboat and Eagle Valley, and will need to win to stay in the second spot.
“We still have three big games ahead,” Plizga said. “We didn’t win the division, but that wasn’t our long-term goal in the first place, it was to win it all. So we are OK with it.”Steamboat upends Rifle, 5-1RIFLE – For one half, the Bears were in position to pin an upset on visiting Steamboat Springs. Robert Sorenson of the Sailors scored the only goal of the first half.And, Rifle, who have found their collective scoring touch recently, could have made the last 40 minutes of Saturday’s league contest interesting.Steamboat didn’t allow that to happen.
The Sailors scored four times in the second half. David Correau netted two scores, and Max Hamil and Nick Labor also had goals. All four came against Rifle keeper Eric Sanchez.Rifle’s James Martin, on an assist from Eric Carlson, concluded the scoring. Titans post road win over PaoniaSecond-half goals by Erain Garcia and Fernando Alvarado in the 60th and 61st minutes allowed Coal Ridge to overcome a first half deficit in a 2-1 league win over Paonia Saturday. Evan Hansen assisted on both scores. After giving up a goal to the Eagles’ Stoney Molina with five minutes remaining in the first half, Skylar James held Paonia scoreless the rest of the game.
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