Prep Sports Roundup: Soccer Demons win a thriller on senior night
Glenwood Springs’ boys soccer seniors ended their run at Stubler Memorial Field with a flourish.
Scoring a goal with just a couple of minutes remaining in the second of two overtime periods, the Demons pulled off a 3-2 win over visiting Eagle Valley in Tuesday’s home finale.
Fittingly enough, two seniors hooked up on the game-winning goal. Eric Valenzuela sent a long ball to Mike McGraw, whose soft touch from just inside the 18-yard box found its mark.
“The ball slowly rolled in the goal for an epic celebration,” Glenwood coach John Mount said. “There was a dogpile. The seniors were covered with the Stubler stain on their jerseys. It was a great moment, with the seniors having their last home game. It was a passionate game. The guys really brought it.”
The Demons produced the night’s first goal, going up 1-0 on a strike by senior Kevin Hartmann.
Eagle Valley responded with a pair of goals before Hunter Brown – yep, another senior – sent a corner into McGraw, who buried the game-tying goal late in the second half.
The win pushed Glenwood to 6-3-2 overall and to 3-3-1 in the 4A Western Slope League. Bigger than the game’s implications on the team’s record, though, was the chance for the Demons to honor their 14 seniors.
“The seniors shared some really great reflections at halftime,” Mount said. “Their parents were there. They presented roses to their families. It was a special night.”
Coal Ridge’s boys soccer team rolled to a 5-0 win over visiting Vail Mountain School on Tuesday.
The Titans, who have now won six straight games, scored their first goal within the first two minutes of the game and never looked back.
Jose Rodriguez had a hat trick to pace Coal Ridge, which improved to 8-3 overall. Armando Sanchez scored his first two goals of 2011.
“They were both really good hustle plays, following it in,” Titans coach Brian Blair said, referencing Sanchez’s strikes. “Being so rainy, the keeper had a hard time handling the ball, which created opportunities.”
Grand Valley’s boys soccer team emerged on the wrong end of a 5-1 count at Vail Mountain School on Saturday.
“We started very poorly and had a difficult time adjusting to the speed of play and the fast, turf field,” Cardinals coach Eric Sarno said. “It was like we were still on the bus.”
Down 2-0 at half, Grand Valley managed a better possession game and attack in the second half, breaking through for a goal in the 57th minute.
Freshman Luis Ruiz scored on a pass from senior Miguel Mancinas.
Tuesday’s softball game between Rifle and host Basalt was postponed due to wet weather. A makeup date was known at press time.
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