Glenwood tops Huskies soccer 2-0
Just two days after a wild 7-6 win over Steamboat Springs, the Demons took early control of the 4A Western Slope race with a 2-0 win at Battle Mountain Saturday.
The Demons, Sailors and Huskies all sit at 3-1 in league. But with the events of the of the last three days, Glenwood has the tiebreaker and four of its final six league games at the friendly confines of Stubler Memorial Field.
“We’re peaking at a good time,” Demons coach Bob Guska said. “We’ve got our leading scorer (Ross Smith) back and that helps a lot. He missed two games and he’s still sitting on 11 goals, which is No. 2 in the state in scoring. We’re still getting the kinks out. Other than that, both teams, I thought, played very well today.”
But it was the opening and closing minutes of the regulation which proved the difference. The aforementioned Smith struck on a nifty feed from Taylor Wilde in the third minute for a 1-0 lead.
“Glenwood’s, in the past, been a slow-starting team and we’re trying to change that into a fast-starting team,” Guska said. “We seem to have the legs to do it and some talent up front to put it in quick. We try to take advantage of that as much as we can.”
“I thought defensively, apart from an early miscue and late miscue, we did a pretty good job of containing (Ross Smith), who’s a very good player,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “He did really well with the one chance we allowed him. He slotted it in. That’s what a good striker does. They only need one chance.”
Glenwood iced the game in the closing minutes on a corner kick from Patrick Shepherd, who found Ian Lockhead in the box. Lockhead pounded his shot into the left corner, sending the Demons home happy.
“I think we lost to a good team,” Cope said. “I don’t think we played as well as we can play, but we were beaten by a good team. When you play a good team and you don’t play your best, you’re going to struggle.”
In between Glenwood’s goals, Battle Mountain had its fair share of chances. The Huskies pressured for most of the second half and appeared to have a golden opportunity when Glenwood was whistled for a hand ball in the 18th minute. But Demons goalie Buster Bosna came up with a solid save on the free kick from Battle Mountain sophomore Andy Banner.
Glenwood Springs (3-1 in league and 6-2 overall) heads to Rifle Thursday for a 4 p.m. start, while the Huskies are under the lights at Steamboat Thursday night at 6. While Glenwood is in the driver’s seat, there’s plenty of action left in the Slope.
“That’s the biggest thing,” Cope said. “We can’t let this loss tear you apart too much. Everybody in the league has a loss. We knew coming in it was going to be a very competitive league. So now you have a loss. Glenwood has a loss. Steamboat has a loss. (Glenwood) lost to Moffat. Everybody’s taking their lumps. The test in our league will be who can rise from their losses and who can respond. (Glenwood) put seven by Steamboat. So maybe we can generate some offense against Steamboat.”