GSHS blows out Central
Dylan Gallacher is very resourceful.He used his head, his stomach and his foot to score three goals in the first half, setting the pace for the Glenwood Springs boys soccer team’s 7-2 win over Grand Junction Central on Saturday.Gallacher wasted no time getting the Demons on the board, scoring his first goal 70 seconds into the game. On a precise centering pass from Gabe King, Gallacher thrust his head forward and sent the ball into the top left corner of the net, past Central keeper Tyler Felker.
“We play really well as a unit, and it was a really good day for us,” Gallacher said. “I was hoping we would take it to them in the first five minutes, and that’s exactly what we did.” King connected with Gallacher again 20 minutes into the first half, but this time, it was on a corner kick. As the kick sailed in front of the goal, Gallacher jumped towards the ball and directed it into the goal with his torso.”It was kind of lucky, but we’ll take it,” Gallacher said of the goal.Three minutes later, Ryan Zerfoss fired a shot on goal and the ball bounced off of Felker’s hands, and Gallacher got the rebound and hammered it into the goal.
Between Gallacher’s first and second goals, Isaac Hussain centered the ball and dropped it right in front of Zerfoss. Zerfoss booted a roller past Felker.Despite being down 4-0 at halftime, the Warriors did not back down. Instead, Central scored two goals in the first nine minutes of the half. The first came when Chris Thomas launched a throw-in from the sideline to right in front of the goal, and Joe Sebesta put it in the net. Central teamed up for its second goal, bombarding the goal and getting it across the line in a mass of confusion.”I am very proud of my team because in the second half we came out and didn’t hang our heads, and we forced Glenwood to play the whole game,” said Central head coach Larry Johnson. “Glenwood, though, is a great team. We enjoyed playing them. They are well coached, and they have good intensity.”
Ryan Young helped regain Glenwood’s momentum, scoring the Demons’ fifth goal 20 minutes into the final frame. Pat Waller made the score 6-2 when he chipped a shot over a Warrior defender and second-half goalie Roberto Navarette. Ben Faust put the finishing touch on the game, capitalizing on another one of King’s corner kicks and giving Glenwood the 7-2 victory.In the end, Glenwood’s crisp passing and fast pace were too much for the young Warriors, who only have one senior on their roster and 14 underclassmen. Glenwood’s high-powered offense was no surprise to head coach Craig Plizga.”This team has a lot of offense, so we expect to score some goals this year, they have direction, and they know what they want to do. … They want to win, they want to play hard,” Plizga said.
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