Demon offense stalled by Moffat County
In one way, you can say it took four teams to beat Glenwood Springs on Saturday. On the other hand, a 3-1 loss is still a loss, no matter who or how many teams administer it.
Delta County, a new team to the Class 4A Western Slope League in boys soccer with students from Delta, Hotckiss, Paonia and Cedaredge on its roster, pinned a surprising upset on the Demons.
The loss is shocking, considering Glenwood outshot their opponents, 25-6.
“We hope that this game was a one-of-kind thing,” said Glenwood coach Bob Guska. “We’re just not finishing and the balls aren’t going in the net.”
Scoring was not a problem in the game’s opening moments.
Glenwood’s Derek Weller netted the game’s first goal in the second minute.
The Demons’ scoring problems developed as the game progressed.
After Weller’s score, the Demons continued to apply offensive pressure – only to be turned aside by Delta County goalie Tyler Anderson.
Anderson made saves on the Demons’ leading scorer, Victor Osorio, twice in four minutes.
Inbetween Osorio’s shots a try by Jeff Burk sailed over the crossbar.
A few minutes later Delta’s Aaron Gogenola tapped home a shot for a 1-all tie.
Gogenola’s goal stepped up Glenwood’s attack. The Demons intensified attack failed to produce a score, however.
In the 21st minute, freshman Morris Courtade barely missed an open net on a breakaway.
Anderson stopped two promising shots by Weller and had a third shot hit the side of the Eagles’ goal in a six-minute span.
The Delta County goalie ended the first half by making a point-blank stop on Weller from 5-yards out moments before the referee’s whistle.
The pattern continued in the second half.
Anderson made a diving save on Weller’s shot to the far post in the 42nd minute. Then Gorgenola gave the Eagles the lead.
Up 2-1, Travis Morton added the insurance goal in the 56th minute.
Anderson’s best save came in the 62nd minute when the goalie made a sliding stop to the right post after Weller distanced himself from two defenders.
“We made that goalie look like a superstar,” said Guska. “He made some great saves on balls that were in his face.”
The loss, Guska said, makes Glenwood’s playoff hopes tougher.
“The loss puts us in a must win for the rest of the season if we’re going to make the playoffs.”
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