Demons claim WSL crown
The Glenwood Demons soccer team exacted some revenge on Moffat County Saturday night, and, in the process, secured the 4A Western Slope League soccer title.
Ross Smith and Ian Lochhead each notched a pair of goals, and Buster Bosna posted a shutout as Glenwood downed Moffat County 4-0 at Stubler Memorial Field.
Moffat County (3-7 WSL, 5-9 overall) entered the game as the only WSL team Glenwood (7-2-1, 9-5-1) had yet to defeat this season. The Bulldogs beat Glenwood 3-2 in Craig.
“(Moffat County) wasn’t the same team that beat us 3-2,” Glenwood coach Bob Guska said, adding that the Bulldogs played with more intensity on their home field in September.
Not that it would have mattered, according to Smith.
“I thought we were going to win before we started,” he said. “We’re real happy (about the league title). We got lucky with Steamboat tying and that put us back on top.”
Glenwood and Steamboat finish with identical 7-2-1 league records. The Demons, however, claim the league title because they posted a 2-0 record against third-place Battle Mountain, while Steamboat was 1-0-1.
The No. 1 seed guarantees at least one home game for the Demons, who are undefeated at Stubler this season.
“I think we’re going to win regionals,” Smith said. “We’ve got homefield, which is the best thing.”
Smith got the Demons on the board early, taking a cross from Derek Weller and tapping in the easy goal in the 11th minute. Roughly 10 minutes later the senior striker padded the lead, beating Moffat goalie Brandon Duarte on a breakaway.
Up 2-0 after the first half, Ian Lochhead got in on the act in the 62nd minute with a free kick from about five yards outside the penalty box. Lochhead shot around the wall and into the right corner.
The junior midfielder put the game out of reach with a header off a Ben Guska throw-in that carried to the front of the net. The hand-stand, flip style Guska uses for offensive throw-in opportunities is something Bob Guska hopes to take advantage of in the playoffs.
“When you can throw it in to the far post it catches the other team off guard,” Bob Guska said. “It’s like a corner kick.”
Defensively Glenwood kept the Bulldogs’ attack under control throughout the match. The shutout was the fourth this season for the Demons and Bosna.
“Our defense played well,” Guska said. “We played with a careful intensity and the defense played nice and tight.”
The “careful” intensity was an effort to save a number of Glenwood players from getting their third yellow card of the season, which would be cause for a suspension during the first playoff game. Only one Glenwood player picked up his third yellow. Defender Marcus Bernier was called for a yellow card pushing penalty in the second half.
Tournament brackets and times are expected to be released Wednesday.
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