Effort pays off as Demons shut out Central
GRAND JUNCTION – From day one, Craig Plizga’s buzzword to the Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer team has been “effort.” On Saturday, the Demons put their effort to work and gave Plizga his first win as Demons head coach.Glenwood opened a 3-0 lead over Grand Junction Central in the first half; two first two goals came in the opening 10 minutes en route to a 4-0 shutout win in the 2005 season-opener for both teams at Canyon View Park.”I was pleased with the aggressive play at the beginning. Those early goals allowed us to sit back and keep possession,” Plizga explained. “We pressured their defense, and they made mistakes which turned into goals – I loved seeing that right off the bat.”So did the Demons, who fired 26 shots (13 in each half) at Central’s young and confused defense.Cory McGrath netted the first score by beating the Warrior goalie to the near low post in the sixth minute. Central added to its own problems when one of its defenders knocked a loose ball into his own net three minutes later.Angered by the lack of help, Warrior goalkeeper Chris Thomas made 11 saves, including a diving stop on McGrath, before allowing the Demons’ third goal in the first half in the 33rd minute.Surrounded by three dazed Warrior defenders, Glenwood forward Jake Kaup controlled a loose ball in the penalty area, then knocked the ball inside the low, near corner for a 3-0 lead.Meanwhile, Demon keeper Abraham Sauvedra almost had become a spectator. In his 40 minutes in goal, Sauvedra was never tested. Of the three runs Central had inside midfield, one shot went wide left. Another flew over the Demons’ goal. Glenwood’s defenders stopped the third push from mounting any steam.Backup goalie Keefe O’Connor had a more adventurous day than his teammate in the second half.Twice, he was faked out of position by Central’s forwards. Both times a Glenwood defender maintained the shutout by flicking the ball away before it crossed the goal line.Ryan Zerfoss, who scored the game’s lone goal in the second half, shooed away a Warrior roller headed for the far post. Later, Pat Waller came to O’Connor’s rescue when he tapped out Kahler Grandbouche’s shot.The Demons resume play Tuesday at home in a nonleague game with Roaring Fork.
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