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Nothing of consequence happens in the first minute of a soccer game, ever, right?Wrong.Glenwood Springs High School’s lapse in defensive focus in the opening seconds of Tuesday’s game with Steamboat Springs spoiled 79 minutes of good play and cost the Demons a 1-0 loss. “A lot of times we controlled the play out there,” said Glenwood coach Linda Loman. “But we had one unfortunate error from the get-go. Other than that, we played with this team.”Steamboat striker Kelly Labor snared a loose ball outside the penalty area, swerved unmarked into the penalty box and fired home an uncontested shot to the lower right corner at the 14-second mark for the game’s lone score.”One of our goals this week was to score in the first 10 minutes of every game,” Labor said. “That’s what we came out to do.”But, no one, including Labor, expected to see a goal so quickly.”It happened so fast. We got the kickoff, found a slot in the defense and I got a perfect ball from one of the midfielders,” the junior said of the score.”You don’t usually expect to see that,” Loman said. “We had a missed pass, and a great player capitalized on that mistake.”Labor continued to be an offensive presence throughout the contest but came away empty the rest of the way.Kelsie Hert, the Demons’ goalie, couldn’t react fast enough to make a play on Labor’s goal. But she made two dazzling saves on her talented opponents later on. Three of the six saves the Glenwood freshman made came on shots by Labor.Just before halftime, Hert plucked a dangerous ball away from Labor, which hovered toward the near post. In the second half, Hert held her ground on a Labor breakaway deep inside the penalty area after breaking away from defender Manion Jacob.After the game’s opening seconds, defense wasn’t the big problem for the Demons. Instead, it was a lack of offense that bothered Glenwood the most.”We had good looks at the goal, but we didn’t capitalize on them – that’s the end of story,” Loman said. “When you have opportunities, you have to capitalize.”Glenwood went 0-for-6 in shots on goal. None of them came inside Steamboat’s penalty area. Tobie Rippy had the best chance to put the Demons on the scoreboard. The junior’s two opportunities came on goal kicks after Steamboat fouls. The first, which the Sailors’ goalie caused by playing the ball with her hands outside the keepers’ box, deflected of a wall of Steamboat defenders. Rippy’s second attempt, five yards out of the penalty area late in the second half, sailed high over the crossbar.The effort the Demons made after failing behind so quickly impressed Labor: “(Glenwood) surprised us. We weren’t sure what they we’re going to be like,” Labor said. “They came out strong and they got us on our heels.”


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