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Girls soccer: Glenwood Springs’ pressure overpowers Frederick

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Goalie Alex Godinez did everything she could on Tuesday night. The Frederick senior even scored a goal.

In the end, it wasn’t enough as Glenwood Springs kept the pressure on to top the Warriors 2-1 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

The loss ends Frederick’s season at 9-4-3 and ends a stellar prep career for Godinez, who will play for DePaul University in Chicago next fall.

Godinez, the Warriors’ senior captain, recorded nine of her 17 saves in the first half, and scored late on a free kick from 45 yards out. But the Demons’ early offensive pressure proved too much to overcome.

“We knew we had to keep the pressure on and not force things,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “That’s an incredible keeper they have over there, and we knew we would break through eventually.”

Savanna Pearson was in the right place at the right time. Twice.

The senior midfielder scored both goals for 12th-seeded Glenwood Springs (13-1-2), which will face Air Academy on Friday.

The Demons outshot the Warriors (9-4-3) 29-4 for the game — holding a 17-3 shots-on-goal advantage — and held Frederick without a legitimate scoring chance until the final minutes of the match.

Frederick, which based its success this season on its defense, was back on its proverbial heels through the first 60 minutes.

“We weren’t the best team tonight,” Frederick coach Chad Eisentranger said. “The effort we put in for the last 15 minutes is the kind of effort you want to see for 80 minutes. Glenwood was able to take advantage of that, and my girls weren’t ready to play tonight.”

Godinez seemed ready for every Glenwood shot through the first 30 minutes, but Pearson put the Demons up for good on an opportunistic bounce. Glenwood striker Lilly McSwain’s shot from the left side of the net was deflected 15 yards in front of the net. It was deflected right to Pearson, though, who pounded it into the lower-right corner of the net in the 38th minute.

Pearson got another try — and goal — in the 64th minute off a hard crossing pass from the right side of the goal box from Jackie Knott. Her pass floated to the far end of the goal to Pearson, whose header crossed the goal line over Godinez’s outstretched arms for a two-goal Glenwood lead.

The Warriors finally broke through less than 10 minutes later. Godinez — playing out of the goal box — took a free kick from near the midfield stripe but got a second opportunity at the try when Glenwood’s Corey Gera was yellow-carded for coming too close to Godinez on the kick. The ball was moved to the spot of the foul, and Godinez subsequently scored off her next free kick try.

“I keep telling people she’s the best goalkeeper in Colorado, and no one ever believes me,” Eisentranger said.

Glenwood, however, held the Warriors to just one shot on goal the rest of the way, keeping possession of the ball for many of the final nine minutes.

 

Glenwood Springs 2, Frederick 1

At Glenwood Springs HS

Frederick (9-4-3) 0 1 — 1

Glenwood Springs (13-1-2) 1 1 — 2

Goals — Frederick: Godinez (unassisted), 73rd minute. Glenwood Springs: Pearson (McSwain), 38th minute; Pearson (Knott), 64th minute.

Goalkeepers (minutes-goals against-saves) — Frederick: Godinez (80-2-17).