Glenwood uses two early goals to overcome weather, Palisade
Looking outside the windows of Glenwood Springs High School on Thursday, the Demons girls soccer team wasn’t sure it was going to play its scheduled game with Palisade.
“It was kind of a whiteout in Glenwood,” Demon forward Holly Brown said. “We were wondering if we were even going to get on the bus.”
Actually, the game, originally scheduled for the Peach Bowl in Palisade on Thursday afternoon, was moved to 7:30 on Thursday night at Walker Field.
Considering the weather, the Mesa State field was one of the few places in the state where a game could have been played.
Despite near-freezing temperatures, the game went on. The Demons were glad the game was played, winning 3-0.
They took the initiative early with a goal in the first three minutes, Michaela Mansfield scoring on a low shot from in front of the goal.
“That was incredible,” Glenwood coach Bryan Stoltzfus said.
Mansfield and Brown are both freshman but have been among the offensive leaders for the Demons (4-1, 4-1 Western Slope League).
“(Mansfield) has the speed (and) she has great touch,” Stoltzfus said.
The depleted Bulldogs, who were missing two starters to illness with several others playing at less than optimal health, then began double-teaming Mansfield. That left things open for Brown, who scored 10 minutes after Mansfield’s goal.
Brown said Mansfield’s goal gave her and the rest of the team a quick confidence boost.
“When you score in the first three minutes, it makes you feel like you own the other team,” she said.
Glenwood’s defense did a good job of keeping the Bulldogs (2-2, 2-2 WSL) from having good looks at the goal. The Demons’ two goalkeepers combined for only two saves.
Mariah Martin added an insurance goal for Glenwood nine minutes into the second half.
Palisade coach Luann Ehlers praised her depleted team’s effort.
“For what we had (on the field), we couldn’t have asked anything more,” she said.
The victory came at a good time for Glenwood, which was coming off a loss to league leader Steamboat Springs.
Palisade’s scheduled game with Eagle Valley on Saturday has been postponed. The Bulldogs play the Devils at 4 p.m. on Monday at the Peach Bowl.
The weather did play havoc with one local team. Fruita Monument’s game at Montrose on Thursday was postponed because of snow. A rescheduled date has not yet been set.