Ice teams net three titles in Glenwood tourney
The Glenwood youth soccer teams did a good job defending their home turf, taking three age-group titles and placing second in another in the Glenwood Springs Memorial Weekend Tournament Saturday and Sunday at Gates Soccer Complex on the Colorado Mountain College Campus.The Glenwood Ice Under-14 boys squad led the way with a 2-0 win during the championship game against Colorado Explosion on Sunday. Less than five minutes into the game, Adam Sadowski drilled a free kick into the back of the net. Ice rolled with the momentum, controlling the game for the duration of the match.Taylor Parsons jump-started the next goal, clearing the ball out of Glenwood’s defensive zone and dropping it right in front of a charging Travis Whitmore. Explosion’s goalie slid to make a save, but Whitmore faked him out and sent the ball to the back of the net. “The boys the last couple of games have played with a lot of maturity,” said Glenwood coach Lindsay Brown. “Everybody’s forcing the ball, it’s a physical game, but they’re playing with their heads in the game still.”
Great defense and the superb play of goalkeeper Anthony Flores guided Glenwood to five shutout victories in the tournament. “He’s the man,” Brown said of Flores.Flores, who made seven saves in the title game, served as a wall for over four hours and 15 minutes of game time without letting a goal pass by.”I just do what a can,” said a modest Flores who was a guest player with Glenwood as he normally plays with Carbondale. “I had fun playing with these guys.”
Ice’s tournament team was a blend of Glenwood and Carbondale players who will split up next year with some going to Glenwood High School and some attending Roaring Fork.”Some of these guys have played together for five years so this is the last time they’ll play together because they split up at the high school level,” Brown said. “But it was really fun to see. There was a lot of teamwork out there,” Brown continued.The U-12 Glenwood Ice state league girls team also took home a championship, downing the Red Lion Cosmos 3-1 in the title match on Sunday. The U-12 squad proved to be the best out of eight teams, scoring 11 goals and posting a 4-0 record in the tournament.
The U-10 Glenwood Ice boys netted the third title, defeating Glenwood Ice Red and Glenwood Ice Lime Green to be named the top team.The U-14 Glenwood Ice girls almost pulled in a fourth championship for Glenwood, but fell 2-1 in overtime to the Broomfield Blast. After Broomfield took an early 1-0 lead, Kendall Strautman tied the game at one-all by getting the goalie to commit to her and then sending the ball to the far side of the net.The second half was scoreless despite valiant efforts from Strautman, Leah Mansfield and Mckenzie Kuhn, who combined for nine shots on goal. The Blast got off only three shots.One minute into overtime and after missing a shot with a wide-open net, Broomfield managed to sneak one in to win the U-14 girls championship.
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Fans, players and coaches on both sides of Stubler Memorial Field seemed to know it would come down just the way it did, regardless of who had the ball at the end.