Rippy helps Demons shock Sailors
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Ten words were enough to describe Glenwood Springs 3-2 upset win over Steamboat Tuesday.”It feels great. I don’t know what else to say,” said Tobie Rippy of the Demons’ emotions after scoring the game-winning goal, and then enduring what seemed like the longest 12-and-one-half minutes in the history of high school soccer.Rippy, one of Glenwood’s four seniors playing in their last home game, blasted home the game-winning score when her indirect kick found open space in the top corner of the near post with 13 minutes left in the second half.The win raised the Demons record to 5-7-0 in Western Slope League play and 5-7-1 overall, and kept league title hopes alive for Battle Mountain, which finished the regular season with a 12-1-1 record in the Slope and 13-1-1 overall. If Steamboat (10-1-1, 11-2-1) loses another game, the Huskies will be league champions. The Sailors host Rifle today. Rippy’s winner was set up when Steamboat goalkeeper Kirstin Ryan double-bounced the ball after stopping Chelsea Vallario’s free kick.”The whole goal was blocked by people because (the shot) was so close (to the goal),” Rippy said. “So I just went high and hard. I figured if it hit them, it would hit be hard enough to go in.”Rippy’s shot went in untouched. Instead of folding, Steamboat came out fighting. And, shooting. Three minutes after Rippy’s goal, the Sailors’ Shannon King missed tying the game when her free kick sailed high over the crossbar.Then, heading into the final three minutes Kelsie Hert, Glenwood’s second-half keeper, took over.The slender sophomore had three of her five saves of the half in that span. Hert maintained the Demons lead by snuffing Haley Gallager in the 77th minute.With 30 seconds remaining, Hert eyed her way through a maze of legs to stop a bouncing shot by King on her knees. Just before the whistle sounded, the Demons keeper caught the header of Steamboat’s Kelly Labor without a hitch. “The hardest (save) was the one on King. She had a great shot and I just knew that I had to save it because I couldn’t let my team down,” Hert said.After allowing Steamboat to take the lead twice, the Demons responded with tying goals from Ayla Dobbs late in the first half and Carly Stillman at the 55th minute.The opportunity arose due to Ryan’s penchant for playing balls outside the penalty area.”Their goalie is really, really aggressive,” Dobbs said. “We just kept pressuring her and pressuring her and we knew soon or later, we’d get there in time.”Roaming out to cut down the angle, Ryan crashed into Dobbs. Ryan fell. With an open net ahead of her, Dobbs ran two steps and tapped the ball in for a 1-1 tie.After intermission, Letson scored her second goal of the game on a high floater to the far post from the right side of the box.Up 2-1, Steamboat’s lead lasted for 13 minutes. Ryan, again, created another Demons’ scoring opportunity.After making a tough save on Vallario, the ball rolled over the touch line without a play, setting up a Glenwood corner kick.Given another chance, Vallario whistled a drive Ryan had to make a play on. The goalie got a piece of the ball, but not enough.Peeling herself away from Labor, Stillman parked herself in the slot, controlled the rebound then pushed the ball in. “Chelsea had an outstanding cornerkick, the goalie just punched it out. I took in and it went in,” Stillman said. “Thank God because (the goal) kept up with them.”After Rippy’s score and Hert’s key saves, the Demons went nuts.”This was our last (home) game and we wanted to show (Steamboat) that we were better than our record showed,” Rippy said. To Rippy, it was the sweetest win of her high school career.”I’ve been on this team since I was a freshman and haven’t beat Steamboat at home. It feels great.”Vail, Colorado
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