Devils lose league opener to Glenwood Springs |

Devils lose league opener to Glenwood Springs

G. Sean Kelly
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson As Glenwood Springs High School's Cory McGrath, right, nears, Eagle Valley goalie Ross Herr slide tackles him to avoid a scored goal during Thursday night's game. Glenwood won, 3-1.

Glenwood Springs got its prep soccer season off to a winning start, and Eagle Valley showed that it’s not likely to be a pushover in its first season in the Class 4A Western Slope League. After a slow start, Glenwood found its offense with two goals in a six-minute span and held off the Devils for a 3-1 victory in the nonleague contest.”The first 20 minutes were a little shaky. The nerves were coming out,” said Glenwood senior Connor Frey, who netted the Demons’ first goal of the season.Frey’s goal, coming in the 27th minute, was the result of being in the right place at the right time.

Eagle Valley goalie Ross Herr made a nice save on a shot from Demons forward Adrian Castillo, but the rebound popped right out to Frey, who headed in the ball.”The rule is always to follow the ball into the goal,” Frey said. “I just followed it and headed it in.”The goal sparked the Demons, who controlled the play for the next six minutes and took a 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute. Sophomore Dylan Gallagher gave senior Taylor Wilde a nice feed near the top of the box, and Wilde had an open run to the goal before beating Herr to the low right corner.”It was a good, close game for the most part,” Eagle Valley coach Brian Large said. “But we were diving in too much and giving them the opportunity to go past us after a missed slide tackle.”

After Glenwood’s second goal, the Devils, who moved up from Class 3A this season, tightened up their defense and controlled the final minutes of the half. Glenwood goalie Thais Kulwiec kept the Demons’ lead intact with some solid saves late in the half when Glenwood moved away from its short passing game and started going for the long ball.”It’s fairly obvious that when we get tired it turns into a bit of a kick-ball game,” said Glenwood assistant coach Dave Shepard of the play late in the frame.The Devils kept up the pressure in the early minutes of the second stanza and finally got their payoff in the 50th minute when Mauricio Lagos toed in a rebound from Matt Luczkow. With the margin cut to a single score, Glenwood settled down and

See Devils, page A39got back to a more disciplined passing game. The Demons sealed the contest when Pat Waller netted the ball after a mad scrambled in front of Herr. After a few Glenwood opportunities were stopped by Herr or an Eagle Valley defender, a deflection came to Waller in front of a wide-open net.Glenwood outshot Eagle Valley 20-8 in the contest. Kulwiec finished with six saves, while Herr stopped 14. Eagle Valley is next in action Tuesday at Steamboat Springs at 4 p.m.

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