‘Flat’ Demons get past Bulldogs
Wins, apparently, are not all the same. At least not in Craig Plizga’s opinion.It’s why the Glenwood Springs coach made his players run, instead of enjoying the 2-1 victory over Moffat County.The reason is Plizga knows the Demons have more talent then they showed against the Bulldogs.”(Our players) just have to get through their heads. We do not play down to (our opponent’s) level. We have to play our game,” Plizga said after the Demons’ win on Tuesday.
“I felt urgency. A one-goal game (like that) could go any way,” Plizga said. True, even though the Demons (7-2 overall, 6-1 league) spend most of the contest on the Bulldogs’ side of the field.Glenwood outshot Moffat 17 to four. Most importantly, the Demons missed as many scoring chances as the Bulldogs had in attempts.Yet when Moffat’s Tucker Bilodeau banked home his two-rail bank shot off both goal posts – from 35 yards out – with more than 24 minutes left in the second half, the Demons and Plizga couldn’t help but be concerned.”Moffat County came out and played a solid game. They did the little things right. I give them all the credit for that. We came out flat, and they came out ready to play,” said Plizga.
It took the Demons 31 minutes into the first half to score on a Bulldog defense that had put up little resistance to that point.Fabian Tapia received a heel pass from Dylan Gallacher, and the sophomore was off to the races. His shot beat Moffat goalie Mike Lefler to the right post. Gallacher left the field a few minutes later with a knee or ankle injury after twisting his cleats into the rain-softened turf of Stubler Memorial Field.His status for Thursday’s home league match with Palisade is unknown.The Demons had plenty of opportunities to put the match away quickly.
Earlier, Tapia fired wide right on an open shot to the low post after a teammate split the defense. Glenwood forward Gabe King had the same kind of woes. The junior missed tucking home a first-half try when Ryan Zerfoss’ centering pass just evaded his foot.He later scored the game-winning goal – early in the second half – when he collared the rebound off a Zerfoss blast from the left side to the opposite side of the Bulldogs’ net.In other prep soccer contests played Tuesday, Roaring Fork bested Class 4A Grand Junction Central, 1-0, when Alex Hernandez banked in a shot off the goal post in the 77th minute.”It was a pretty well-played match,” said Rams first-year coach Hal Templeton. “We had a lot better control of the ball and had a lot of passing.” In Carbondale, Paonia defeated Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 4-3. Sung-Ho Kim had two goals for the Oysters. Tak Sasaki also scored.
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