Demons hold off ‘Dogs |

Demons hold off ‘Dogs

It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t against top-flight competition. But, all things considered, the Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer team’s 1-0 shutout of winless Palisade was a good victory.”All that matters is the win,” Glenwood head coach Bob Guska said. “A `W’ is a `W.'”We’re not out of (the playoffs) yet,” he added. “We’re just looking for some breaks and writing our own destiny with each game.”The Demons (3-5 Western Slope, 5-6 overall) caught a break Tuesday night at Stubler Field. That break being that, with three starters not playing due to red cards and violation of team rules, Palisade (0-8, 0-11) was the opponent.The missing players certainly had an effect on the flow of the game. The Demons were called for a number of offsides penalties early before settling down in the second half, and neither team was able to capitalize on opportunities.The game’s lone score came on a Pat Shepard free kick from 40 yards out in the 17th minute of the contest. Palisade goalie Chris Martin got a hand on the high shot, but not enough to keep it out of the goal.Perhaps as important as the goal, was the ability of Shepard, along with Taylor Wilde, to calm the young Demon squad and help dictate the pace of the game with ball control in the midfield.”I’m really happy with the win because we were playing with a lot of subs,” Shepard said. Other than Shepard’s goal, neither team had much in the way of offensive punch in the first half. Things opened up some after the intermission. Demons: see page 18Glenwood had the bulk of the opportunities, but Martin was up to the task. The Bulldog keeper had eight saves in the half, and also got a little help from the goal posts.Victor Osorio had a shot pegged for the upper half of the net, only to see Martin get a piece of the ball and tip it off the crossbar with 24 minutes left in the contest. Martin repeated the feat 5 minutes later on a Wilde free kick and Wilde also had a shot go off the right post with 16 minutes remaining.”We had our chances,” Shepard said. “We just need to work on finishing.”And without that two-goal cushion, the game was in doubt until the final seconds.Palisade’s Hansi Feller moved up from fullback to forward in for the final four minutes and the move almost paid off immediately. Glenwood’s John Gabriel, who had a solid game filling in at the sweeper position, misplayed a ball at midfield and Feller took advantage. Feller moved the ball down to the goal box and got around Demon goalie Thais Kulwiec, but missed the open net.”That one slipped by and gave us a huge scare,” Guska said of the play, “but (Gabriel) did a great job back there.”Kulwiec came up with a big save and kept his shutout intact in the 78th minute, tipping a shot from David Rojas over the net. Palisade’s Gabriel Jamarillo also missed a golden opportunity when he shot over the goal on a free kick from eight yards outside the penalty box with a minute to play.”Thais made some great saves,” Shepard said. “(Kulwiec) was really concentrating on some of those shots that he has had problems with in the past,” added Guska.The Demons are currently in fifth place and two wins behind third place Battle Mountain (5-3, 6-5) for the last playoff spot. Next up for Glenwood is Moffat County (3-6, 4-8) Thursday at 4 p.m. at Stubler Field.-In J.V. action, Glenwood defeated Palisade 6-1.

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