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Speedy Wildcats defeat Glenwood

Grand Junction Free Press/Greg ReedGlenwood Springs defenders Pat Waller (14), Fabian Tapia (9) and Gabe King (15) convene around Fruita Monuments Michael Myers (13) in the second half of Tuesdays nonleague game with the Wildcats at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction. Fruita won the game, 3-1.
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GRAND JUNCTION – Team speed. It’s a nice weapon to have when you’re faster than your opponent, but it’s just as deadly when the opponent is faster than you.And Fruita Monument’s team speed was the difference in Glenwood Springs’ 3-1 nonleague loss to the Class 5A Wildcats Tuesday at Canyon View Park.”(Fruita) is a very fast team, which they took advantage of,” said Glenwood head coach Craig Plizga. “I thought our strength was speed. I think our defense had a little trouble with (Fruita’s) speed.”That’s no slam against the Demons, who slipped to 1-1 with the loss.”For 90 percent of the time, our defense played very well,” Plizga said.The problem? The Wildcats were faster.After a short flurry of shots from both teams in the opening minutes, Demon sophomore Fabian Tapia broke a scoreless tie in the 23rd minute by redirecting Pat Waller’s free kick to the free post with his left temple.”That was a pretty nice goal,” said Plizga. “That was Pat Waller and Fabian working together. It was nice to see (his shot) go in.”After the goal, Fruita took charge and spend most of the remainder of the first half in the offensive zone, which could have been a problem.Except Tim Cashel was ready for the challenge. Thrust into action as the Demons’ No. 1 goalie, the senior’s play in the half’s final 14 minutes probably gave Cashel the spot permanently.Two of his saves were flat out highway robbery.He iced Wildcats forward Henry Acker out of a score with a diving stop to the far post. Later he stopped a stunned Michael Myers from tapping a shot home after recovering from being deked out of position.”We got some stellar play out of our Cashel today,” Plizga said. Cashel had nine saves in the game. What he couldn’t stop was Fruita zipping by Glenwood’s defense.Tim Riley whizzed by the Demons for a 1-all tie after the second half kickoff. Acker, after hitting the crossbar with a shot, tapped in a roller set up by Michael Myers’ run for the lead.The big change from the first to the second half, Fruita head coach Dan McKee said, was team speed. “We wanted to the get the ball back to the 18 (yard line) faster than we did in the first half,” said McKee. “That was the adjustment we made.”Tapia had the best chance of the Demons for a tie. He forced Wildcat goalie Emmanuel Cervantes into a diving save of a dangerous try at the 67th minute. Five minutes later Ryan King scored the insurance goal for the final score.

Raffi Cote and the Grand Junction boys soccer team were too much for Rifle to handle on Tuesday night, as the Tigers beat the Bears 7-1 in Grand Junction.Cote scored three goals, one to start the game, and two more at the beginning of the second half. Four other Tigers scored for Grand Junction.The Bears’ lone goal was the last of the game, when Ryan Melody found the back of the net to prevent the shutout.Brandon Borgard and Brycen Fauser split time in Rifle’s net for the majority of the game, giving up all seven goals and making seven saves. Edwin Sanabria played the final 25 minutes as the Bears’ keeper, making one save and not allowing any goals.


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