Glenwood gets the message in 2-0 win over Eagle Valley
Don’t be fooled by the 2-0 final score the Glenwood Springs boys soccer team posted on Eagle Valley.
The Demons (3-0-0 league, 4-1-0 overall) received a wake-up call in a poorly played 2-1 win over Rifle earlier this week. They carried thoughts of that effort into Saturday’s home game with the Devils.
“After playing that tough game with Rifle we came out played the game our style and the way I wanted us to play,” said Glenwood head coach Craig Plizga. “We played with intensity. We moved well off the ball. We passed well and we played quality soccer.”
Quality soccer ” from the Demons’ standpoint begins with stout defense.
Eagle Valley had only four shots on goal in the game. None, despite an equal number of saves by Demon goalie Tim Cashel, could have been considered dangerous.
“I’ve always felt our defense is the strongest thing we have going for us,” Plizga said. “They are all intelligent players and they all can play the ball.”
Which includes the ability to send the ball up for easy scoring chances for Glenwood’s speedy forwards.
Ryan Zerfoss redirected Fabian Tapia’s cornerkick in the 12th minute for the game’s first score. The senior gives his teammate credit for the goal.
“It was just a really good ball put in from Fabian,” Zerfoss said. “The ball was low and curving. The keeper made a dive at it and the ball came right on my foot. All I had to do was touch it. It was pretty easy.”
As a team, the Demons had an easy day. They had 14 shots on goal. Give or take a millimeter or two, three or four more could have gone in.
Zerfoss had a drive snuffed by the Devils’ keeper. Dylan Gallacher hit the goal post with one shot and the side of the net with another.
“It looked like Eagle Valley almost gave us the freedom (on offense),” Plizga explained. “They played a defensive game and sat back and let us pass around in that area. We just had to wait and take advantage and we got them.”
Especially on cornerkicks.
Issac Hussain netted the Demons’ second goal via cornerkick from Gabe King in the 51st minute.
“It was taking advantage of what they saw,” Plizga said. “Basically our corners are real simple. We take it to the middle and hope too get a head on it. We got some bodies on it and we scored some goals.”
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