Glenwood remains in playoff hunt
GSPI Sports Editor
Glenwood Springs head soccer coach Bob Guska thanked his players for the wedding gift after Thursday’s game.
Guska isn’t a newlywed, but he played the part of a blushing bride earlier Thursday in the high school’s homecoming parade. The Demon’s assistant coach Martin Mendez was the groom on the float that played off this year’s “My Big Fat Greek Homecoming” theme.
It might be a stretch to call Guska a beautiful bride, but his morning of primping and preening for the big day was rewarded by his players in the form of a 4-1 Western Slope League victory over Moffat County.
Morris Courtade notched a pair of goals and Victor Osorio added a goal and an assist to pace the Demons and keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
“We switched around some things to see what would happen and have some fun,” Guska said.
The biggest change was moving Pablo Fuentes, typically the starting sweeper, to the front line to add some offensive punch.
The move paid dividends early.
After seeing the Bulldogs control much of the action for the first 20 minutes of the game, Fuentes broke through for a scoring opportunity in 23rd minute. After beating Moffat County goalie Malcolm Hillewaert, a Bulldog defender came back to save the goal, but it was the beginning of a Demon barrage from which Moffat County wouldn’t recover.
Three minutes later Fuentes put a perfect ball through to Courtade, who beat Hillewaert for a 1-0 advantage.
Fuentes hit the post 38 seconds later, then Evan Gould followed that up with a shot off the crossbar that Courtade finished for his second goal in less than a minute.
“We all have the ability, but we needed more teamwork,” Courtade said. “Today was the day we got the teamwork.”
Osorio gave the Demons a 3-0 advantage in the 35th minute, picking up a ball dropped by Taylor Wilde and sneaking the it past Hillewaert.
The second half began much like the first half. The Bulldogs had the edge in possession time, but couldn’t get the ball into the Demon net.
“The biggest thing was we couldn’t finish,” said Moffat County coach Mick Havrilla. “We did a good job of picking the ball up (and in the middle of the field), but in the finishing third of the field we didn’t make the right connections. We had the shots.”
The Bulldogs put 21 shots on goal, while Glenwood finished with 14.
Moffat County did finally break through to erase the shutout in the 53rd minute when Marcos Quezada wrapped a free kick from just outside the box around the Demon wall and inside the far post to put the game at 3-1.
Glenwood’s Derek Weller finished off the scoring. He took a nice feed from Osorio and split the defenders before beating Hillewaert.
With the loss, Moffat County drops to 3-7 in the WSL.
Glenwood moves to 4-5 and is still a long shot for the postseason. The Demons will likely need to win or tie their remaining three games to have a chance. The biggest test comes in their homecoming game Saturday at 11 a.m. at Stubler Field against No. 4-ranked Steamboat Springs. Steamboat fell 3-2 to league-leading Rifle Thursday.
“If we can pull off a win or a tie against Steamboat that will really help define where we’re at,” Guska said.
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