Taylor Wilde didn’t score the game-winning goal. But he did record Glenwood Springs’ most important score of Monday’s 4-1 win over Palisade.
The victory raised Glenwood’s Western Slope League record to 7-2-1 (10-2-1 overall), and most importantly maintains the Demons one-game lead over Rifle for second place in the WSL.
And, while the Demons controlled play for most of the opening 25 minutes Monday night, Glenwood needed a boost to get on the scoreboard.
Wilde was the catalyst the Demons needed.
The senior’s slowing rolling shot to the far right post broke a scoreless tie and loosened up his teammates.
“I don’t know how I got there,” Wilde said. “I just went down the sideline and hit it. At first I didn’t think it was going to go in. I thought it was going to go wide. But then I saw the ball hit the post and go in.”
The goal seemed to raise the Demons spirits.
“It seemed like we started opening up the field and passing the ball a lot better and working it around,” said Wilde after the goal.
“That goal was crucial,” added Glenwood coach Dave Shepard.
“Everything we had done prior to that was kick the ball to the sweeper or to their goalie. I was begging guys to hit the ball to the corners (of the net) and it takes a senior like Taylor with his experience and calm head to knock it in, and show people how easy it is.”
Two minutes later Demon junior Cory McGrath raised Glenwood’s lead to 2-0 on a tip-in from Pat Shepard.
And Glenwood, thanks to Palisade’s mounting frustrations, never looked back.
Wilde recorded his second goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 31st minute after a Bulldog violation in the goalkeeper’s box.
Sophomore Jake Kaup netted Glenwood’s fourth score of the night on a PK on a second Palisade foul in the box, ten minutes into the second half.
The only blemish on the evening was Demon keeper Thais Kulwick being thwarted out of his first shutout of the season when Palisade’s Jarren Pope scored in the 79th minute.
“All the teams in this league are good and there’s never an easy game,” Wilde said.
Glenwood closes out the home portion of the regular season tonight with a league match against Eagle Valley.
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