No. 20 Glenwood upsets No. 4 Durango in 4A state playoffs
Making the long trip to Durango Tuesday afternoon for its second-round soccer matchup against the No. 4 Durango Demons, the No. 20 Glenwood Springs Demons pulled off the upset in the 4A Colorado High School Activities Association’s state playoffs, advancing to the quarterfinals under head coach Wayne Smith for the first time in his five-year tenure.
Glenwood sophomore Justin Garces headed home a cross from senior Leo Mireles in the 14th minute, giving the Demons all the offense they’d need on the night.
“They played their hearts out today,” said Wayne Smith, Glenwood’s head coach. “To get a shutout against a team like Durango is such an accomplishment. Our back line was phenomenal tonight. Durango scores a lot of goals off of set pieces, and that’s how they beat us in the first game of the season. We took that away from them tonight.
“I told the guys at halftime that if they could hang on and play with them, they’re getting frustrated. We had a couple of good chances late that just didn’t go in, but it wasn’t like we were back on our heels the whole game. For us to play with the heart and discipline tonight was great. That’s how we’ve been trying to get them to play.”
The Demons advance to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, where they’ll take on the No. 28 Kennedy Commanders. Kennedy upset No. 5 Battle Mountain 5-0 in the first round, before knocking off No. 21 Thomas Jefferson 2-1 Tuesday evening.
The quarterfinal matchup against No. 28 Kennedy is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Stubler Memorial Field.
It will be Glenwood Springs’ first boys home playoff soccer game since 2005.
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