German Alvarado’s second half goal leads No. 20 Glenwood Springs soccer over No. 13 Discovery Canyon
Opening up the 4A Colorado High School Activities Association’s state playoffs Wednesday at D-20 Stadium in Colorado Springs against the No. 13 Discovery Canyon Thunder, the No. 20 Glenwood Springs Demons put together an impressive all-around game, picking up a key 1-0 win thanks to a second-half marker by junior German Alvarado to advance to the second round of the state playoffs.
Alvarado ran down a throughball from fellow junior Alan Videla in the attacking third, beating the Thunder keeper early in the second half, breaking a 0-0 halftime lock while giving the Demons all the scoring they’d need on a night in which the Glenwood back line and junior goaltender Carlos Guardado stood tall.
The Glenwood upset win joined a long list of first-round upsets in 4A, highlighted by No. 5 Battle Mountain getting blown out by No. 28 Kennedy, 5-0, ending the Huskies’ bid for a state championship.
“It feels really good [knocking off higher seed],” said Wayne Smith, Glenwood’s head coach. “As I’ve said before, we feel we can play with anybody in the state. A couple of years ago playing front range teams could be intimidating for us, but not this group. They play well together, and defended really well today. Defense did a really good job shutting them down, and Carlos [Guardado] had four or five saves. Along with our back line, our midfielders controlled the pace of the game.
“This is a group that has really taken to heart all their years of soccer and bought into the system we play and bought into each other. They don’t give up and keep up after. Today was a good example of that.”
The win advances Glenwood to the second round of the state playoffs, where they’ll take on No. 5 Durango, which defeated No. 29 Steamboat Springs, 4-2 Wednesday evening. Glenwood fell to Durango 3-1 in the regular season opener on August 24 on the road. Glenwood took a 1-0 lead in that game before allowing three unanswered goals. The Glenwood-Durango game is expected to be played next Tuesday in Durango.
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