Glenwood Girls Soccer Fights Through Playoffs: Makes Semi Finals

Leonardo Anchondo

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With high expectations riding on the Glenwood Springs High School (GSHS) Girls’ Soccer Team this year; they hardly disappointed as they finished their regular season with a record of 13-2 and 10-2 against league opponents, finishing in a tie for 1st place in the 4A Western Slope Girls soccer standings and making as far as the State semifinals.

    The Girls soccer team entered the 2018 season with particular motivation after losing in the first round of the state playoffs the previous year. The team caught fire early on in the season, which ultimately led them to 11 straight wins, extending into the State playoffs.

    “The team was definitely motivated after last season’s playoff loss. I think they had a chip on their shoulders, something to prove,” said assistant coach, Garrett Peters.

    Bitter from last year’s defeat in the first round of the state playoffs, Glenwood made sure they would not go down in the first round of the playoffs again, as they cruised to an easy 4-0 victory over Thompson Valley and followed it up by defeating last year’s opponent who eliminated them, Pueblo Centennial, by a score of 3-2.

    “I definitely think that the exposure of last year’s playoff defeat showed us what it really takes,” said Junior, Ashley Weir, “ it’s less about the teams ability and more about how much the team wants it.”

    A large part of Glenwood’s success also revolved around Glenwood’s five seniors. Claudia Hirons, Eryn Peterson, Emma Harbor, Devan McSwain, and Mo reese combined for a total of 42 goals on the season and 12 assists which lead to a league championship.

    “Our seniors such as Devan [McSwain], Emma [Harbor], and Eryn [Peterson] were exceptional and very approachable,” said Weir. “We’ve known them for so long that they’re our best friends, even off the field.”

    While the absence of the departing seniors will be a hard knock on the team come next Spring, the team is positive they will continue to remain strong next season.

“We are definitely losing a few great players in our seniors,” said Peters. “That said, I think there are girls ready and waiting to fill those roles.”

    While Glenwood battled through the tough season and won the first three games in the state playoffs, Glenwood’s great playoff run ultimately came to an end in the semi finals at the hands of Valor Christian High School by a score of 1-2.

    “I’m just happy that our coaches have been able to showcase our potential,” said Weir, “We’ve also been privileged to have a great group of girls.”  

    Although the team was not able to accomplish their goal of winning their first Girls Soccer State Championship, the team was able to pull off the furthest playoff run in ten years, dating back to when the 2008 Glenwood Football Team won State.

    “We already have girls emerging as leaders. Just to name a few, I see Sarah Helm, Ashley Weir, Levyn Thomas, Celia Scruton, Summer McSwain and Hannah Juul really looking to step into leadership roles and help carry the team through another great season,” said Peters.

 With the team’s success the last two years, they know that winning a State Championship is within grasp. The departure of the seniors will be difficult but with many great players coming back next year, the expectation to succeed will remain the same.

    

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