Prep Sports Roundup
Down 2-0 to Moffat County at halftime, things did not look good for the Glenwood Springs boys soccer team on Saturday.
But how quickly things can change.
The Demons scored four second-half goals ” two on direct kicks and two on breakaways ” on the path to a remarkable comeback win over the Bulldogs in the first Class 4A Western Slope League contest of the season.
Junior Ryan Young was the catalyst in the comeback, netting a hat trick in the win for Glenwood (1-0 WSL, 1-2 overall). Dillon Martin scored the remaining goal for the Demons, using his head to direct the ball into the back of the net.
“We were attacking on our flanks, which is what we like to do,” said Glenwood head coach John Mount. “We are still working on possession and time with the ball, but we really came alive in the second half.”
The game, which was originally scheduled to be played at Glenwood, was switched to Craig, and the game time was moved up to 9 a.m. The change meant the Demons had to meet to carpool to Moffat at 5:30 a.m.
The Demons may have been groggy in the beginning, but they woke up when they had to for the comeback.
“It was pretty sweet,” Mount said.
Glenwood will take on another WSL opponent on Thursday when the Demons will host Palisade at 4 p.m.
Due to a lack of available officials, Saturday’s boys soccer game between Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Roaring Fork was postponed. The school’s athletic directors have yet to work out the details on a makeup game.
Individual Coal Ridge runners came up big at Saturday’s Basalt High School-hosted Longhorn Invitational cross country meet, held at Crown Mountain Park.
DaLin Murphy finished fifth in the 29-runner boys meet, clocking in at 19 minutes, 1 seconds, while Chelyn McCain’s time of 22:27 placed her sixth in a field of 35 girls. Also chipping in for the Titans was Daivian Murphy, who finished 13th among the boys (20:44).
Coal Ridge did not have enough runners on either side to score in the team standings.
Backed by an eighth-place finish by Dustin Ross (20:05) and 10th-place run by Larry Schmueser (20:16), Rifle took fourth in the six-team boys standings.
Tenth-place Holly Keeper (23:05) and 13th-place Maddi Steffen (23:35) paced the Rifle girls team, which placed fifth.
Led by third-place finisher Katrina Selsor, six Glenwood Springs runners placed in the top 10 at Saturday’s Steamboat Springs Cross Country Invitational.
Selsor clocked in at 22 minutes, 2 seconds on a 3.1-mile course featuring a steep gravel climb, helping the Demons to a second-place finish at the five-school meet.
Melissa Buchanan (seventh, 23:17), Melissa Stripp (eighth, 23:38) and Angie Shepard (10th, 23:39) rounded out a solid Glenwood showing.
The Demons boys were led by Kellen Fockler (20:25) and Ryan Yost (20:27), who finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Pearce Littler (21:45) and Brad Gepfert (21:48) crossed the line 11th and 12th, but because Glenwood had no fifth runner, it didn’t card an official team score.
In Saturday’s edition of the Post Independent, the score of the Glenwood-Cortez football game was incorrect due to erroneous information the Post Independent received. Glenwood still won the game, but the score was 45-12.
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