Vallario, Demons too much for Devils
GYPSUM – More pep talks are in order for Glenwood Springs girls’ soccer.”We had a little pep talk on the bus on the way down here because we’ve had a rough season and just decided today was the day to step it up and play the game that we know how to,” Glenwood sophomore Chelsea Vallario said. “We just all decided today was the time.”Tuesday was definitely the time for Vallario and the Demons. Glenwood overcame an early 1-0 deficit behind a hat trick from the sophomore to beat the host Devils, 4-2, at Gypsum Town Field. Vallario scored the equalizer in the first half and added two in the second half for her trifecta.
“I don’t know. It was really exciting, but I couldn’t have done it alone,” Vallario said. “My teammates are excellent. We did a great job of passing and just working together as a team today. It definitely wasn’t just me. I’ve got to thank my teammates for that.”‘Tough season’As has been the case for Eagle Valley (0-8-1 in the 4A Slope) several times this season, the Devils got the jump on the opposition early behind a tally from Sarah Reed, but couldn’t hold onto the lead.
“It’s been a tough season, and it’s just getting tougher,” Eagle Valley coach T.J. Hay said. “They need to figure out the game plan that they have. The game plan they have, they start out with it. They do good with it. Then they abandon it. As soon as they learn to carry stuff through, they’ll start winning.”After Vallario tied it, Glenwood’s Corrina Gibson gave her team the lead. Eagle Valley continued to fight with Nicole Luczkow tapping in a rebound off Demons keeper Kelsie Hert to send the game tied at two into intermission.Vallario and the Demons could have rang up a few more goals had it not been for the continued excellent play of Devils goalie Mary Cochrane who made some outstanding stops to keep the game close.”Their keeper had some great saves,” Demons coach Linda Flohr said. “Chelsea played a great game. All of my girls played a great game today. We just had a good team performance. I’m really proud of them. We needed that win.”
Glenwood (2-6 in the Slope and 2-6-1 overall) is home against Palisade Friday, while the Devils are at Steamboat Springs Thursday.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado