Glenwood blanks Eagle Valley, 5-0
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Karlie Andreas picked a good time for her first hat trick.With her team in the thick of the playoff hunt, the Glenwood Springs senior’s trio of goals helped the Demons to a 5-0 girls soccer blanking of visiting Eagle Valley on Tuesday.Glenwood (6-3-1 overall, 6-2-1 league) firmed its hold on third place in the Class 4A Western Slope League by finishing strong, burying four second-half goals. Each of Andreas’ tallies came in the latter half.”We came out a lot harder (in the second half),” Andreas said. “We told ourselves we wanted it a lot. We want to go the playoffs. We’re very focused.”It was Chelsea Vallario who got the Demons rolling offensively in the first half, parlaying a well-timed run and well-placed pass from Corrina Gibson into a breakaway goal less than 12 minutes in. Vallario, squeezed to an outside line on the right side of the field by pursuing defenders, maintained just enough separation to boot a high bullet into the far corner of the net.Despite dominating the possession battle and a number of legitimate scoring chances – including a shot off the post by Meghan Cleland – Glenwood failed to add to its lead before the break.But that all changed after a sideline halftime chat.”We had some things to adjust and they came out there in the second half and made all the adjustments we talked about and started scoring goals,” Demons coach Linda Flohr said.Andreas netted her first goal in the second minute, beating the Eagle Valley’s Mary Cochrane to a loose ball and firing into an open net.A perfectly placed cross from Leah Mansfield, who finished with three assists on the day, set up Andreas’ second goal, a pretty lofted shot over the keeper’s head that was virtually indefensible.With a comfortable 3-0 lead, Glenwood coasted down the stretch before striking for two more goals in a span of just over a minute. With 3:05 showing on the game clock, Abbe Vincent took a forward pass from Mansfield and outhustled the Devils defense down the field for a breakaway goal. It was Mansfield assisting Andreas on a score one minute later that rounded out the scoring in this one.”We really just kind of took a deep breath and calmed down a bit,” Vallario said of her team’s second-half awakening. “Our crosses were over the net, we had great headers and opportunities and, of course, Karlie’s hat trick along with all the other people that scored. Every game we’re getting stronger and stronger.”Vallario’s coach agrees, equally relishing the Demons’ in-season improvement. “We seem to be finally getting it,” said Flohr, who got a shutout from keeper tandem Anna Kulwiec and Kelsie Hert. “We’re taking our opportunities and scoring on our opportunities. This is our second time through with these teams. The last time we had to come from behind to beat these guys and this time we got the shutout.”Eagle Valley dropped to 2-7 on the season. Eagle Valley hosts Palisade Tuesday at 4 p.m.