Demons down Eagle Valley, 2-1 |

Demons down Eagle Valley, 2-1

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

EAGLE – Glenwood scored two goals in the first half, building a strong enough lead to carry the Demons to a 2-1 victory over Eagle Valley, clinching the No. 3 spot in the Class 4A Western Slope League and a spot in the state playoffs.The Demons close out the season with a 10-4-1 overall record, placing them behind Battle Mountain and Steamboat in the league. With the top five teams advancing to the state playoffs from the WSL, combined with the additions of Montrose and Montezuma-Cortez, Montrose will receive the No. 3 spot and Glenwood will take the fourth. Despite the loss, Eagle Valley, who received some help from Durango’s win over Cortez on Thursday, also slid into the playoffs by grabbing the No. 5 spot.After two close losses in cold, wet and muddy conditions against Battle Mountain on Saturday and Steamboat Springs on Monday, the win lifted the spirits of the Demons.

“They deserve it all. We should have won on Saturday, we should have won on Monday,” said Glenwood head coach Craig Plizga. “All these games we came so close, so close and finally we got it. We finally got a lucky bounce.”The lucky bounce came a little over five minutes into the game when the ball bounced up and hit a Eagle Valley defender in the hand, resulting in a penalty kick for Glenwood.Fabian Tapia lined up a shot a bullet off the crossbar and in. It didn’t count however, as Glenwood was given the goal after the referee said Eagle Valley’s goalkeeper left the line before Glenwood touched the ball. Either way, Glenwood went up 1-0.”We have a penalty kick curse against Glenwood,” said Devil head coach Chad Sloniker. “Last year they beat us 1-0 in a the second game on a penalty kick. Even though that was a hand ball in the box, that first free kick never should have happened.”Tim Cashel made four saves in the half, combined with good Demon defense, kept Eagle Valley off the scoreboard. Then, with 3:57 left in the first frame, Jake Kaup blasted a rocket from the 30-yard line that flew over the Devil keeper and into the back of the net for Kaup’s first goal of the season. It turned out to be the game-winner.

“I knew it was going in as soon as I hit it,” Kaup said. “Then I was just excited.”Thirteen minutes into the second half, Eagle Valley pulled within one on a Gilberto Martinez shot that sailed over the outstretched arms of Cashel. Even though the Devils only needed one goal to tie the game, Glenwood remained optimistic.”We still knew we were controlling the game, we just had to hold it together and not make any more mistakes,” Kaup said.The Demons only got off three shots in the second half, all in the final four minutes, but were saved by seven Eagle Valley attempts that missed wide or flew over the crossbar.

The Colorado High School Activities Association will seed the top 32 teams in the state and release the playoff bracket on Sunday.”It (Glenwood’s seeding) don’t matter,” Plizga said. “We’re in, that’s all we wanted to be.”Coal Ridge falls to Vail MountainCoal Ridge lost its last game of its inaugural season, falling 1-0 to Vail Mountain on Thursday. The Titans recorded eight shots, including three by Fernando Alvarado, but couldn’t sneak any in. Skylar James made six saves in goal for Coal Ridge.

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