Demons outplay Palisade Bulldogs 4 – 2
Craig Plizga may not have been happy with the Glenwood boys soccer team after its 2-1 win over Moffat County on Tuesday, but his attitude towards the 9-2 Demons flipped in Thursday’s 4-2 win over Palisade.”We played quality ball. It was fun to watch,” the Demon head coach said. “I am happy.”Demon Fabian Tapia broke open the scoreless game in the 24th minute of the first half after receiving a pass from Ryan Zerfoss and winning a race with Bulldog Tyler Hawkins, then getting the goalie to commit to a slide and chipping the ball up and into the back of the net.
Moses Saavadra displayed some fancy footwork at the end of the first half, faking out one defender and dribbling right past Palisade goalkeeper Lucas Schott to give Glenwood (8-1 Western Slope League, 9-2 overall) a 2-0 lead at halftime. Palisade got its first goal of the game 10 minutes into the second frame when Matt Stout fired a shot past Demon keeper Tim Cashel into the left side of the goal. Glenwood earned back a two-goal advantage five minutes later when a Gabe King cornerkick was directed into the Bulldog goal off the head of Isaac Hussain.Palisade struck back four minutes later, pulling within one goal with 20 minutes remaining in the game.Hussain and Zerfoss hooked up to put the game away when Hussain dumped the ball in the middle of the field to a charging Zerfoss who lifted it over Schott.
“Isaac hit a nice pass through the defense and just split them, the keeper came out and I just had to touch it by him,” Zerfoss said of the final goal. “It wasn’t too difficult.”Although the Demons scored four goals, Palisade limited Glenwood’s scoring opportunities by drawing 10 offsides calls in the game.”That’s something the guys have been working on and Glenwood played into it I guess,” said Palisade head coach Drake Jandreau. “It always makes you nervous when you have to depend on the ref to make the right calls. You can’t live by the offsides trap, but it worked well for us today.”
Glenwood had 17 shots on goal and another 10 that sailed over or went slightly wide. On the other side of the field, Glenwood didn’t give Palisade very many chances on goal, holding the Bulldogs to seven shots, five of which were saved by Cashel.”It’s not like Glenwood gave up a lot of chances. They’ve got a good back row back there,” Jandreau said. “They don’t give up very much and the keeper played well – didn’t give up anything cheap. Consequently, we didn’t put it in the net when we needed to.”The game got rougher and rougher as it went on and saw a total of 15 penalties called, including three yellow cards. Palisade committed nine of the penalties, but the Demons were responsible for two of the yellow cards, including one coming on an excessive celebration call on Hussain on Glenwood’s final goal.Up next, Glenwood will host Rifle on Thursday at 4 p.m.
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