Demons knocked out of playoffs
MONTROSE – A one-goal deficit to Montrose didn’t concern Glenwood Springs soccer coach Craig Plizga.Rather, it was Aaron Tobler’s score, which raised the Indians’ lead to 2-0 seconds before the first half ended, that changed the Demons approach in Wednesday’s first-round Class 4A state playoff game.”I don’t really look at that first goal as being that big a deal,” Plizga said after the 3-0 loss which ended Glenwood’s season. “It was the second goal that was the dent in our armor. Behind one goal. I think we could have come back. Two goals down, that’s hard against a quality team like Montrose.”
While the Demons continued to play hard against the No. 6-seeded Indians after intermission, Plizga was right.No matter how much Glenwood tried to mount an attack on Montrose’s defense, it was evident that some of the fire Glenwood had in the first 40 minutes had ebbed a bit.Offense was the Demons’ problem. Only two of the eight shots on goal Glenwood fired on Montrose goalie Ethan Woodis were dangerous. Each attempt came in separate halves.A big key to grounding Glenwood’s high-flying offensive attack was caused by Montrose defender Brandon Gallegos.
“Their center-half is a stud. He was all over the field,” Plizga said. “(Gallegos) was doing what he had to do to control the game. He definitely did that. That prevented us from mounting an attack.”The best opportunity Glenwood had came when it was down 1-0 after Dan Schwab had scored. In the 37th minute of the first half, Ryan Zerfoss redirected the ball to the opposite end of Montrose’s goal from the right side.Woodis, however, had seen the play develop, and quickly retreated back to make the save.
Two minutes later, Tobler, who was thwarted earlier in the half on a diving stop by Demon keeper Tim Cashel, cashed in.A wall of Glenwood players snuffed Tobler after Montrose was awarded a free kick. The senior forward moved inside the penalty area, retrieved the loose ball then fired low to the far post for what became an insurmountable Indian lead.Eight minutes later, Kasey Tea scored Montrose’s third goal on a Josh Hansen assist.Glenwood concluded the year at 9-6-1. On the win, Montrose (14-2) advances to the second round of the playoffs against the winner of Wednesday’s Golden-Mountain View match. Results from that game were unavailable at press time.
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