Steamboat Springs’ Sydney Bauknecht races a pair of Glenwood defenders for the ball Saturday as the teams battled to a 3-3 tie.

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Steamboat Springs’ Sydney Bauknecht races a pair of Glenwood defenders for the ball Saturday as the teams battled to a 3-3 tie.

Glenwood, Steamboat girls soccer tie at 3

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Steamboat's Ali Pougiales celebrates a go-ahead goal in the second half of Saturday's game against Glenwood Springs. The score put Steamboat up, 3-2, but didn't give the team the game. It ended in a 3-3 tie.

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The Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team celebrates a game-tying goal in the final seconds of regulation Saturday as it battled Steamboat Springs. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.

— Once can be an aberration and twice would seem to indicate something.

A third time, however, and it is officially a trend.

The Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team’s 3-3 tie in Steamboat on Saturday put the Demons firmly in control of the Western Slope League as the teams move toward the halfway mark of the league season.

Glenwood, which won the past two league titles after Battle Mountain and Steamboat had autonomically won it for years, used a huge second half and a little bit of stoppage time to get the result.

Although it wasn’t a win, it was the best-case scenario for a short-handed Glenwood team.

The Demons are a game clear of the Huskies and Sailors and will host return matches on their vaunted pitch later this season.

“We have an advantage here now,” Demons coach Steve White said.

And it appears the Demons are making their stamp as a second-half team. Without the services of reigning league Player of the Year Holly Brown (death in the family) and starting goalkeeper Dani Turley (injury), the Demons put together their second impressive second-half comeback. Previously, the team came back from down 2-0 to beat Battle Mountain 3-2.

Steamboat, who was without several starters and started its 10th different lineup in as many games, jumped out quick.

It started when Glenwood pushed up and Steamboat senior Sydney Bauknecht raced up the left side and cut a ball back to opposite post for a 1-0 lead.

Then in the 25th, on a quick throw in, Tatum Sear got it just outside the box. She didn’t get much of a shot, but it slipped just under Cora Lubchenco’s arms for a 2-0 lead.

“We played well enough (to win) in the first 40,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “That was some of the best soccer we’ve played this season. It’s the way it goes. Glenwood did a fantastic job finding its rhythm in the second half.”

Steamboat also seemed hesitant. The Sailors were dominating the midfield in the absence of Brown, when Lilly McSwain found the back of the net, chipping a shot over Steamboat keeper Hannah Barkey.

Micaela Mansfield got the equalizer in the 58th minute to tie it at 2 all.

Steamboat again took control in the 64th. This time, Ali Pougiales handled the ball just inside the left side of the box and chipped a shot to the back right post to give Steamboat a 3-2 lead.

Then in stoppage time, three Steamboat defenders went for a ball that none of them won. Glenwood’s Corey Gera was the beneficiary and slid one past Barkey to tie it again.

“The game can change just like that,” Bohlmann said.

Each team had a golden opportunity in overtime. Sarah White’s shot for Steamboat on a corner kick found the arms of Lubchenco, and Glenwood hit the crossbar on a corner kick just minutes later.

Glenwood (3-1-1 overall, 2-0-1 in league) next plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Battle Mountain. Steamboat (8-1-1, 5-1-1) next plays at 6 p.m. Friday at Palisade.

“It’s huge to come out with a point,” White said. “To come out with a tie is better than a loss, obviously. We’re sitting at the top of the league, but we haven’t had a lot of league games. But this holds us in that position at the top.”

To reach Luke Graham call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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