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Work ethic key for new Demons soccer coach

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson Dylan Gallacher traps the ball during Thursday's Glenwood Springs High School soccer practice at Glenwood Springs Middle School. The team's first game is this Saturday at Central High School in Grand Junction.
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Twenty guys acting as one.That’s the goal new Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer coach Craig Plizga has been trying to get across since practice sessions started two weeks ago.And the 2005 Demons players seem to have bought into what the coach has been preaching.

“They seem to take what I push and get better and better,” the first-year coach said. “At first, one or two started out working hard, then it was five or six. Now all 20 on the varsity are working hard, and they’re starting to put out the effort we like.”Having 20 players on the roster helps bring out the extra effort Plizga’s looking for. “Its really more (players) than I’ve ever had,” Plizga said of the varsity roster. “It’s going to take some work on my part to get them all in.”

That strong work ethic from players will go a long way in determining Glenwood’s starting lineup.”I’m going with effort. How hard (each player) works in practice and games (determines if) you get in,” Plizga said. “The kids all understand. I told them this is varsity soccer, and there may be some games you might not play in at all. They’re all buying into the team thing very well.” While the coach intends to use “a lot of different players and formations” initially, Plizga will fall back on some of the team’s veterans for leadership.Seniors Pat Shepard and Zack Stepp get the nod as the Demons midfielders. Cory McGrath and Jake Kaup will see action up top as forwards.



Ryan Zerfoss, Dylan Gallacher and Tyler Setterberg are penciled in for duties as outside wings.Keefe O’Connor starts in goal initially. Junior Lazo, a transfer from Loveland, could compete for the starting role once he becomes eligible to play.The Demons have also impressed Plizga with their overall speed.

“This team can run,” he said. “They’re fast, they’re aggressive, and they can get up for the ball. It’s very impressive as a whole.”As Plizga has gotten to know the team’s abilities. He’s also been made aware of the teams to beat in the Class 4A Western Slope League.”The kids tell me its Steamboat, Battle Mountain and Rifle,” he said. “Right now, I’m hoping that we can just go out and play hard. I talked up the desire to win. That’s helped us get to the point we’re at now. I think they want to win, and I think that hunger (to win) is there.”I expect us to come out and play strong from the get go,” Plizga added. “We are missing some key elements right now. As they come back and the team matures and the injuries go away, (the team) is going to get stronger and stronger.”


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