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Shepard, Demons ready for state playoffs

Phil Sandoval

Pat Shepard likes the guys he’s playing with.

And, those players camaraderie with their combined soccer skills makes Glenwood Springs a tough team to beat the junior forward said in the Demons first-round state playoff game this afternoon with Niwot.

The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Longmont High School’s Everly-Montgomery Stadium.

“We had a bunch of new players come in this year. It was a little different at first, but I liked it a lot,” Shepard said.

And, it didn’t take very long to see the skills of the 2004 Demons took be displayed.

“I noticed in practice how good we were,” said Shepard. “We have some amazing players and a lot of talent. I knew that we could beat every team in the league ” it was just a matter of doing it.”

The Demons fell a little short of Shepard’s appraisal. But had an outstanding regular season.

In league play, Glenwood finished second in the Class 4A Western Slope League with a 9-2-1 record.

The Demons two losses, in a 12-win season, came against league champ Battle Mountain.

The Demons second-place league finish placed Glenwood in the 32-team 4A state playoffs against Niwot (11-4-0), who play in the 16-team Northern League, which consists of 3A and 4A schools.

The Cougars host today’s game due to receiving a higher seed from the Colorado High School Association’s boys soccer tournament committee. Niwot is the No. 12 seed overall. Glenwood is No. 21.

The winner advances to a second-round match against either No. Greeley Central or No. 28 Centaurus Saturday.

Shepard said, “Niwot’s fairly difficult,” But, the Demons are up to the challenge.

“They play a faster game in that league,” Shepard explained.

“We have to play twice as fast and think one step ahead. What we have to do is pass and move.”

In other boys soccer playoff games scheduled today Basalt, the No. 2 seed in the 3A playoffs, hosts James Irwin from Colorado Springs at BHS.

Rifle travels to Summit for a 4A first-round contest. Both games are tabbed for 4 p.m.


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