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Glenwood goes 2-1 at Demon Cup tourney

While neither Glenwood Springs nor Roaring Fork qualified for the finals of the Demon Cup Invitational soccer Tournament, the two squads did get to hold a Valley championship of sorts.

Glenwood Springs used a balanced attack to beat Roaring Fork 4-1 in the consolation round Saturday at Gates Soccer Park.

Glenwood finished the two-day tournament with a 2-1 record, while Roaring Fork posted a 1-2 mark.

Both teams, however, are looking at the tournament more as a building block for the conference schedules than games that must be won.

“I was real happy,” Glenwood coach Bob Guska said. “I wasn’t worried about wins and losses, but more about continuity and how the team is starting to gel.”

The Demons had goals from four different players Saturday against Roaring Fork. Ian Lochhead, in his first game of the weekend, notched a goal, along with Ben Guska, Derek Weller and Ross Smith.

Smith’s goal was his fifth in three games. He tallied a penalty-kick in Friday’s 2-1 loss against Fort Lupton and notched three goals in a 4-2 win over Eagle Valley Saturday morning. Weller scored the other goal against Eagle Valley.

Roaring Fork’s lone goal against Glenwood came off the foot of Jason Ibanez. Ibanez also scored against Telluride in a 4-1 victory Saturday morning. Eric Hernandez was responsible for the other three tallies in the win. On Friday night Moffat County shut out the Rams 3-0.

“I’m real proud of the team’s effort and proud of the way they played,” Roaring Fork coach Mike Baumli said. “We’ve still got some work to do on conditioning, but they gave everything they had and they were playing like a team.”

Baumli also singled out the play of senior sweeper Ben Wright and the entire defensive corps, saying, “I thought the entire defense played extremely well.”

Montrose took the tournament title, beating Thunderridge 3-0 in the championship. Montrose finished with an undefeated record, while Thunderridge, Fort Lupton, and Glenwood were 2-1. Roaring Fork, Eagle Valley and Moffat County were 1-2 and Telluride finished winless at 0-3.


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