Glenwood’s soccer boys know the field
Opponents and spectators alike are going to need sharp eyes to watch Glenwood Springs this year.”We can run. They all have speed, and they all have pace,” said second-year coach Craig Plizga of the 2006 Demons. “This team, across the board, are all athletes,” he said. “I don’t have one person out there I’m afraid to put out on the field. I wanted it that way. They all came into this year in physical shape.”Combine that with having 10 seniors on the roster bodes well for Glenwood to make a deep run in the state Class 4A playoffs.”Everything is dedicated for this season,” the coach said. They are going to play hard, and their skills have always impressed me.”
One of the Demons’ returning starters, Pat Waller, is well-known throughout the Western Slope League. He was an honorable mention choice last year, and should be one of Glenwood’s main scoring threats.However, there are plenty of other Demons equally capable of zooming shots by opposing goalkeepers. Others with potential for big offensive seasons include seniors Giovanny Anaya, Ryan Zerfoss, Daniel Trejo, Jake Kaup, Dylan Gallacher and junior Gabe King. While Plizga has yet to announce positions, he’s not too concerned about the starting 11’s ability to play. “I thought I was set going into tryouts, but there are a lot of questions,” he said. “But it’s such a good group, I can almost just say, ‘You 11 get on the field,’ and I can make it work.”It’s a very smart group, and they know how soccer’s played. They will fill the voids they need to fill.”The stickiest void facing Plizga is locating a No. 1 goalkeeper.
“We’re working that out. Our returning goalie from last year had some academic problems. So we don’t have him. We’ll work that out,” he explained. “I’m not too concerned about it, because of the strength of our defense.”Senior Tim Cashel, a member of last year’s squad, has stepped forward to try to fill the void. Plizga said he has done well at the position in team workouts.League-wise, Plizga said this year is going to be “interesting.” “We’ve lost a lot of seniors and I’m sure Battle Mountain lost a number of seniors also,” he said. “Watching Palisade, their play is very impressive. I think they are going to be a scary team this year.”The coach is just as wary of Rifle, who remains competitive despite losing its top player, Stuart Stapleton to graduation.
“Every game we have to come out ready to play,” Plizga said. “That was one of our problems last year. I didn’t see a weak team at all last year.”Glenwood Springs High School SoccerHead Coach: Craig Plizga, second year2005 Record: 12-3-0 (overall), 10-2-0 (league), second place.Class 4A State Playoffs: First Round, lost 3-1 to D’Evelyn
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