The Demons’ new stopper put her game into overdrive Tuesday.Tobie Rippy, who recently switched from sweeper to stopper in an effort to provide a bit more offensive firepower for Glenwood Springs, made the move look pretty good with two goals against Eagle Valley. Add in another two from Carly Stillman and one from Karlie Andreas, and the Demons strolled to a 5-2 Western Slope League victory over the Devils.”Sometimes I miss playing in back, but it’s nice to be able to go up and help on offense,” Rippy said.”I’m sure she misses being back there (at sweeper), but she’s a great player anywhere on the field,” Glenwood coach Linda Loman said. “We have Ali (Brown) back at sweeper, and that frees Tobie up to make some runs.”Early on, both teams got some solid runs in from their forwards and midfielders. Eagle Valley had a great chance in the 10th minute when Michelle Parmenter hit the post. The rebound deflected to teammate Sarah Reed, but Reed’s shot somehow popped high over the net to keep the game knotted at 0-0. It was one of a number of Devils opportunities that sailed high or wide in the first half.”We’re still looking for that key person to step up and take the team by the hand,” Eagle Valley coach Timothy Hay said. “We just don’t have that top finisher.”Stillman was the top finisher for Glenwood in the first half, as the freshman had a hand in all three goals before intermission. The Demons opened the scoring when Stillman blocked a clearing attempt by Eagle Valley goalie Mary Cochrane. After a scramble by both teams the ball squirted out to Andreas, who buried the ball in the open net in the 11th minute.”If you’re the first to score it helps bring the intensity up,” Rippy said.Stillman put Glenwood up 2-0 12 minutes later taking a pretty pass from Jaquie Romero for an easy goal. The freshman wrapped up the first-half scoring in the final minute by putting away a rebound set up by a Rippy free kick from near midfield.Rippy accounted for all the Glenwood scoring in the second half. She had a great shot, splitting a pair of Eagle Valley defenders and lofting the ball over Cochrane to put Glenwood up 4-0, then headed in a Romero corner kick for the Demons’ final goal of the game.”She’s tall with the headers on corner kicks,” Romero said of Rippy.Eagle Valley got on the board with 17 minutes remaining in the game when Parmenter took a long breakaway and snuck it past Glenwood keeper Kelsie Hert to avert the shutout. Nicole Luczkow scored the Devils’ second goal of the contest in the final minute of play against Glenwood goalie Anna Kulwiec.”It was nice to see them turn around and get a couple goals,” Hay said. “They stuck with it and put it all out there.”Glenwood improves to 4-3-1 in league (4-4-1 overall), while Eagle Valley drops to 2-8 (2-9).
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.