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Demons ready to battle Eagles

Joelle MilholmPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Despite being handed the 32nd seed in the 32-team Class 4A boys soccer postseason 24 hours earlier, the Glenwood Springs Demons were still in high spirits on Monday.That’s because Glenwood, who will face No. 1 Broomfield at 5:30 p.m. today in Broomfield, knows it’s got nothing to lose.”It’s a David and Goliath game tomorrow, but these guys are going to come out hard and we’ve got eight seniors who want this game and want to do their best,” said first-year head coach John Mount. “And, hey, if we beat these guys, it’s an easy road to the state title.”If the 6-8-1 Demons can pull off the upset bid on the 15-0 Eagles, it will be the first time since 2002 that they will have advanced out of the first round of the playoffs. Last year Montrose ended the Demons’ season by handing them a 3-0 loss in the opening round. With a good number of upperclassmen remembering the 2006 playoff experience, they’ll be looking to break the three-year, first-round exit streak.”Last year it was kind of the same thing,” said senior Dillon Martin. “But it’s still fun to go to the playoffs. It’s still fun to have that chance.”It’s been an up-and-down season for Glenwood, who sandwiched winning streaks around a 0-4-1 drought in the middle of the season. That skid, along with falling to two Class 5A teams before Western Slope League play, also hurt the Demons’ seeding.”We lost some crucial games that really put us back,” Mount said. “That loss against Rifle – and we lost against some 5A teams that sometimes other 4A teams don’t play.”

Teams who lose to 5A teams don’t receive points toward their seedings, but teams who beat teams from lower classifications do get points toward their seeding. It’s a system that may lead Mount to rearrange Glenwood’s schedule next year, he said.But, first things first, Glenwood’s focusing on how to make the Eagles lose their first game of the season.”We are going to go a little more defensive to start with, but we’ve got to play the aggressive ball and win the 50-50 balls and get possession,” Mount said before the team’s practice on Monday. “So we are going to advocate that today and be positive. Just to go for the full 80 minutes, go hard and never give it up.”One thing going against the Demons, is that they will be without star forward Fabian Tapia, who also missed the regular season finale against Eagle Valley. Mount is counting on his teammates to try and fill the void left by Tapia.”Everybody’s got to step up,” he said. “We are bringing up a few guys from JV, too.”After Glenwood receives a small send-off celebration at the high school around noon today, a bus will carry the Demons to Broomfield for the matchup. Regardless of the outcome, Glenwood is determined to go out and give it all it’s got.”We don’t want to lose. We’re just going to play our best,” said forward Ryan Young. “… It could be our last game, so we are going to play our best.”


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