Tie nets unequal results for Demons, Bears
A tie is a tie is a tie.
All even and equal. Right?
Or is a tie … a tie?
The soccer tie between Glenwood Springs and Rifle Thursday turned out to be a rose for the Demons.
But it was more of a dandelion for the Bears, whose state playoff hopes now rest in the hands (and feet?) of Palisade and Battle Mountain.
Glenwood Springs, despite Thursday’s tie, will still play for the Western Slope League championship next week at Steamboat Springs. That’s providing, of course, that the league-leading Demons can beat winless Moffat County in Glenwood Springs on Saturday afternoon.
“This is a tough place to play. We knew it would be,” said Glenwood Springs coach Steve White said of the match at Rifle High School.
“But I felt like we played pretty well,” White added, quick to credit the Bears with a strong effort in their second-half comeback.
“One thing we didn’t do well … ” White said, ” … we didn’t establish the pace. We allowed Rifle to establish the pace of the game and that hurt us.
“If we push to their speed of play, it takes us out of our game,” White said.
His Demons, who beat Rifle by six goals in their first meeting, took an immediate 1-0 lead when Brieanne Rippy converted a penalty kick in just the third minute of the match.
Called for a hand-ball in the goalie box, the Glenwood Springs PK amounted to all of the scoring until just seven minutes remained in the match.
Then Rifle tied the match after the Bears had a series of throw-ins deep in Glenwood Springs territory.
Alicia Kuhns took the shot for Rifle and the ball glanced off a Demon defender, angling past the Glenwood Springs keeper and into the net.
A minute and a half later the Bears forced a hand ball in the Glenwood goalie box and they were awarded a penalty kick.
But the shot by Ashley Gavito against Glenwood keeper Keegan Nadon went wide left and regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.
Two five-minute scoreless overtimes followed and the final home match for the Rifle seniors ended in the tie with Glenwood Springs.
“I told our girls they played a great second half … overtime,” Rifle coach Tom Taucher said. “They played hard, they played desperate.”
He said the Bears didn’t find many open shots, but they still forced the action – particularly in the second half.
“The girls played great. I think we’ve matured a lot since the last time we played them,” Taucher added.
“We had to win and we gave it everything we could,” he added proudly.
“But now Palisade controls our destiny; I don’t like relying on another team for our destiny,” Taucher added of the 4A Western Slope League playoff picture.
Rifle moved to 4-3-2 in league play with Thursday’s tie. The Bears are 7-5-2 overall.
Glenwood Springs tops the league at 6-1-1 while Steamboat is 5-1-1.
Three teams from the six-team conference move into the 4A Regionals.
Battle Mountain, at 2-5-0, and 0-8-0 Moffat County are at the bottom of the standings.
Rifle will end the season at Battle Mountain on Saturday.
Palisade, meantime, will host Steamboat on Saturday and then play at Battle Mountain next Tuesday.
Glenwood will host the winless Bulldogs from Moffat County at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Stubler Memorial Field.
“I believe we’re going to be playing for the league championship on Tuesday,” the Glenwood Springs coach said of the final conference match at Steamboat Springs.
“And getting out of here (Rifle) with a tie is a heckuva lot better than getting out of here with a loss.”
Basalt 4, Montrose 2
In other high school girls soccer Thursday, Basalt rolled past Montrose 4-2.
Christie Thompson, Mariah Mulcahy (2) and Molly McGrath scored for Basalt. Assists went to Ashley Eaton (2), McGrath and Mulcahy.
McGrath now has 17 goals and 11 assists this season. Eaton has 18 assists to go with 14 goals.
Mulcahy has 16 goals for the 3A Western Slope League-leading Longhorns.
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