Glenwood girls soccer bounces back, shuts out Arvada West 2-0
Goals from sophomores Tatum Lilly and Maya Elias led the Glenwood Springs Demons girls soccer team to a 2-0 win at Stubler Memorial Field Saturday afternoon over the visiting Arvada West Wildcats, stretching the Demons’ home winning streak to 13 games dating back to April 13, 2017.
Playing at home does wonders for the Demons under head coach Joe Calabrese, as Glenwood usually controls possession and brings an extra level of intensity to home games. That winning streak started after a 2-1 loss to the Palisade Bulldogs in overtime on April 13, 2017. A week later at home on April 18, 2017, the Demons rolled to a 5-2 win over the Coal Ridge Titans and haven’t looked back in nearly two full years.
“These girls are very prideful about playing here,” said Calabrese. “I know that the success we had here last year has really pushed us to do well this year. It’s a hard place to come and play, especially when we show up ready to play.”
The Demons certainly showed up to play Saturday afternoon looking to bounce back from a tough 4-1 road loss to Steamboat Springs Thursday night in 4A Western Slope League action. Taking on the Wildcats from the 5A Jefferson County League, the Demons controlled the game right from the opening kickoff.
Junior Summer McSwain had an early chance just under five minutes into the game for the Demons after corralling a loose ball from Elias off of a throw-in. McSwain settled the ball down just outside of the attacking box, but fired just high and to the right over the Wildcat goal.
Wanting to win the first 15 minutes of the game, the Demons easily accomplished that as the Wildcats didn’t muster any sort of attack against Glenwood sophomore goalkeeper Abby Scruton as the stellar back like of junior Celia Scruton, senior Leigh Anne Johnson, sophomore Maddie Moser, and senior Ashley Weir — which was missing senior centerback Julia Mulhall — turned away Arvada West repeatedly early on, leading to counters for Glenwood.
“It’s pretty incredible that when you have key players out of the lineup, it just doesn’t faze them,” said Calabrese. “We have great depth and that really showed today. I was very, very pleased with that group back there.”
Thanks to a number of chances, the Demons wore down the Wildcats early, leading to Lilly’s strike at the 18:52 mark of the first half. Senior Zoe Harbour gained possession along the right wing and fired a cross into the box, where Lilly was able to get a boot on it and slip the shot past Arvada West’s goalkeeper, giving the Demons an important 1-0 lead.
Trailing 1-0, the Wildcats put together their first scoring chance of the game as junior Madison Pixler cut into the box and fired a right-footed shot on net. Abby Scruton easily scooped the shot up off the grass for the save, shutting down Arvada West’s first chance of the game.
Later in the first half Arvada West junior Hailey Johns put a good charge into a shot from 30 yards out, but the shot had too much on it, leading to the ball curling wide left on the windy day as the two teams went into the break with Glenwood holding what seemed to be a commanding 1-0 lead.
Coming out of the break, the Demons struck quickly as freshman Ella Johnson streaked down the right wing, evading a Wildcat defender before stopping and firing a bouncing cross into the box. Elias, waiting on the far post, tapped in the bouncing cross just 2:20 into the second half for a 2-0 lead as the young guns for Glenwood had a big day up front.
“Both goals were great buildups, and they were certainly team goals,” said Calabrese. “If you look at who scores for us each game, it’s a mixed bag, which is something we’re trying to do here collectively.”
Holding that 2-0 lead, the Demons continued to control the pace of the game, quickly shutting down Wildcat chances while mounting strong scoring chances at the other end.
Late in the game, Glenwood senior Sierrra McKinney nearly capped off a goal that would have been one for the highlight reel. The senior nutmegged a Wildcat defender, cut right, and fired a laser of a shot on goal from roughly 20 yards out. Unfortunately for the senior, the shot continued to rise on the windy day, slipping over the crossbar to negate a strong scoring chance.
Arvada West had a late chance off of a corner kick as junior McKenna Fowler found herself open in front of the net with the ball at her feet, but the junior fired wide right trying to best Abby Scruton. That shot was the final chance of the game for either team as Glenwood picked up the 2-0 win, bouncing back in a big way at home.
“It was huge,” said Calabrese. “We really established what we’re trying to do this season. Things are really starting to take shape today, and I couldn’t be more happy with how the girls performed today. They were able to hold that level of intensity for the most part today, which was really pleasing.”
The win sees Glenwood improve to 4-2 (3-1 in 4A Western Slope League) on the season. The Demons return to action Thursday, April 11 on the road at Rifle for a rivalry matchup with the Bears.
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