Glenwood Springs takes down Eagle Valley, 11-0
Vail, CO Colorado
GYPSUM, Colorado ” The Glenwood Springs girls soccer team proved to be a quick learner on Tuesday.
After suffering a 4-1 loss to Steamboat Springs on Saturday, the Demons (2-1) came back three days later displaying a new commitment to passing. The extra effort led to easy scoring chances and an 11-0 victory against Eagle Valley (0-3-1) in Gypsum.
“That’s all we worked on yesterday,” Glenwood coach Bryan Stolzfus said. “Almost our whole practice was passing and moving off the ball. When we played Steamboat, they were just moving, switching, crossing. It hurt us, so we worked on it in practice.”
It didn’t take long for the Demons to put pressure on the Devils. In the eighth minute, Leah Mansfield made a perfect crossing pass to Corey Gera for a goal and a 1-0 lead. Minutes later, a streaking Michaela Mansfield corralled a long pass and beat Eagle Valley keeper Sydni Schlegel for a 2-0 advantage.
The crisp Glenwood passing frustrated the Devils.
“The defense completely lost their formation,” Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin said. “They’ve been carrying the team for so long. We completely fell apart. Why? I can’t tell you.”
Glenwood kept pouring it on in the first half. McKenzie Kuhn scored goals in the 20th and 22nd minutes. On the second, Kuhn rifled a shot from outside the box and into the upper-right corner of the net.
By halftime, it was 6-0 in the Demons’ favor.
“Glenwood is a playoff team,” Nanin said. “You can’t play against a playoff team and let them play on you. We didn’t have the intensity. You can’t flip the switch. It has to be on every game and every practice.”
Kuhn completed her hat trick quickly after the break. Abbe Vincent sent a through pass to Kuhn for an easy score to make it 8-0.
Stolzfus emptied his bench but the goals kept coming. Corey Gera juked an Eagle Valley defender and drilled a shot into the net for a 9-0 edge. Later, Leah Mansfield worked a give-and-go around the defense for another Demons’ goal.
Despite its loss to Steamboat, Stolzfus thinks Glenwood can make a run at the 4A Slope title this season.
“This is probably the deepest bench we’ve had in a long time,” Stolzfus said. “I can do two starting lineups and not miss a lot. That’s the first time I can do that.”
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.