Huskies down Glenwood Springs, take Slope lead
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A bad bounce or a good break? It all depends on who you rooted for at Tuesday’s 4A Slope soccer game between Glenwood Springs and Battle Mountain.Demons coach Craig Plizga, whose team finished on the down side of a 4-2 outcome, called after the 73rd minute due to lightning, said it was a series of unlucky bounces.”The game was well-played both ways. We got some lucky bounces in the first half. They got some in the second half.” David Cope, whose Huskies pinned the season’s first loss on previously unbeaten Glenwood and moved into sole position of first place in the Western Slope League, said it was a matter of the team staying calm.
Glenwood’s Cory McGrath ruffled the Huskies by scoring both of the Demons’ goals for a 2-1 lead at halftime. The Demons senior netted the game’s first goal in the sixth minute, then deflected a bouncing ball past Battle Mountain keeper Josh Ruark with eight minutes left in the first half.McGrath’s late score allowed Glenwood to retake the lead. Earlier, junior Gustavo Bronfield tied the game at one when he poked his own rebound off the near post.Cope said he wasn’t too concerned with the halftime score, despite trailing for the first time this season.”We knew emotionally if we could get through the first half, things would settle down a bit. The thing we talked about was keeping our composure because our boys hadn’t been behind in a game yet.”
The Huskies didn’t stay behind long once the second half began.”We created enough chances in the first half,” Cope said. “That’s what we said to (the players) at halftime, if you create that many chances in the second half, you’re probably going to score goals.”It took the Huskies fewer than five minutes to prove their coach’s point.Connor Drumm tied the game at 2-2 on a shot that found the far post during a tie-up of Glenwood and Battle Mountain players inside the Demons’ box.
Battle Mountain’s third goal, which allowed the Huskies to take the lead for good, came 45 seconds afterwards.Edgar Hernandez converted a free kick that barely avoided hitting the crossbar after a Glenwood foul from 20 yards out.”He’s pretty good from there,” Cope said of Hernandez’s ability to find the net. “Edgar’s very confident from that position, especially when it’s that close. We like his chances.”Battle Mountain, 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Slope, is at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum to face Eagle Valley under the lights at 6 p.m. on Thursday.Vail, Colorado