Demons fall to Devils
Matching up with the Eagle Valley Devils for the second time in the young season, the Glenwood Springs boys soccer team dropped a tough 2-1 decision, Thursday, at Stubler Memorial Field.
Senior midfielder Will Osier netted the only Demons goal, beating Devils keeper Bryan Grado on a penalty kick early in the second half.
The Demons were awarded the penalty kick thanks to Axel Garces getting taken down in the box following a cross.
Despite the early second half goal, the Demons — who recorded six shots on goal — simply couldn’t find the back of the net again to force overtime for the second time against Eagle Valley. Back on Aug. 27, the Demons knocked off the Devils 2-1 in double overtime.
Following Osier’s goal, the second half really opened up as both teams looked to possess the ball and take away offensive chances for their opponent. Due to that, more chances were generated, but neither team could beat the keepers.
“The second half was really even,” Glenwood Springs head coach Wayne Smith said. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the net. The game really could have gone either way.”
With the two teams very familiar with each others style of play, the first half was very tight as the Demons and Devils tried to force their style onto each other.
Down a few regulars in the starting lineup, the Demons tried to switch things up by playing with a makeshift back line, which allowed the Devils to create opportunities early before ultimately drawing a penalty kick that they would convert for an early 1-0 lead.
Shortly after the first goal, a mishap in front of Demons keeper Ryan Nott — who made five saves in the loss — resulted in an own goal for the Demons, giving Eagle Valley a 2-0 lead.
“Not having a couple of starters on the back line due to injuries really forced us to play a different style,” Smith said. “Eagle Valley is a real physical team that likes the fast break. We know how they play and we tried to control the pace of play, possess the ball and take away their chances. It worked for the most part, but we just couldn’t draw even.”
Now sitting at 3-2 (2-2), the Demons turn their sights to next week’s matchups against Fruita Monument on the road, Sept. 22, and at home Sept. 24 against Delta.
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