King tallies lone goal in Demons’ soccer victory
Assistant Sports Editor
PALISADE ” Sometimes, winning is as easy as making the right move at the right time.
Glenwood Springs coach Craig Plizga inserted some fresh legs during the final moments of the first half of Tuesday’s game against Palisade.
The move paid off when Demons’ forward Gabe King scored inside the left post with just over 2 minutes left in the half for the only goal a 1-0 victory. The win moved Glenwood to 6-1-0 in league play and 8-1-0 overall.
“I was just in the right place,” King said.
Teammates Pat Shepard and Cory McGrath made it easy for King to score by forcing Bulldogs goalie Chris Martin out of position.
After flagging down a loose ball inside midfield, Shepard pushed the ball ahead to McGrath, who had barely missed scoring on two corner kicks earlier in the half.
“I saw Cory taking the ball down the line, and when we usually go into the corner, we run on the goal line,” King said. The ploy confused Martin, who headed toward McGrath, leaving King open to conveniently dump the ball into the vacated goal.
“The keeper was out of the way,” King said of the play. “The only thing in front of me was the goal.”
Glenwood’s slim lead held up as the Demons outshot Palisade 12-6 and forced Martin to make nine saves, but couldn’t get the cushion goal past the keeper.
Defensively, Glenwood was just as tough.
Palisade turned up the heat in the second half, pushing dangerously inside the Demons defensive zone only to be turned away by Glenwood’s alert defensive players.
Jareb Abshire headed away one attempt in the 54th minute, followed by goalie Keefe O’Connor’s leaping snare a of a loose ball in the penalty area a play later.
Abshire later had a promising offensive solo run thwarted by Martin.
“The defense kept us in this game. They were the rock on the team today ” they didn’t give up many shots and Keefe made a few keys saves,” Plizga said.
O’Connor made his biggest save with eight minutes left when he got a face full of ball on Jesse Widegren’s low bouncer just inside the penalty area.
“I’ll get over it,” O’Conner said of slight injury he suffered making the save. “I was surprised that shot went through.”
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