After a month of playing with injuries and without players because of ineligibility, the Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer team is working its way back to full strength. A strength that was too much for Moffat County Tuesday in the Demon's 4-1 win.
"We are starting to gel as a team now," said Glenwood coach Bob Guska. "With most of the guys back who were injured or out because of grades, the team is looking like we knew it could."
The Demons scored the first two goals of the game with Derek Weller finishing off an assist from Pat Waller in the 11th minute and Victor Osorio one-touching a throw-in from Ben Guska with less than 30 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Bulldogs were kept to four shots on goal in the first half compared to Glenwood's nine. But in the opening of the second half, the Moffat County attack gained some life.
In the fourth minute of the second half, Moffat County's Pepe Loya rocketed a shot into the right corner of the goal on an assist from Dustin White. That would be the closest the Bulldogs would get as Glenwood held them out of the goal and took advantage twice more in the half.
"Too many times today we only had one finisher on the goal," said Moffat County coach Mick Havrilla. "Their stopper was too good to just have one guy going after the ball for us."
Glenwood's stopper, Pablo Fluentes, also earned accolades from his coach.
"Pablo has played everything for us this year including goalie when we were thin," coach Guska said. "He is a solid stopper and although he wanted to go up and play on the front today, he did an excellent job on defense, a position he could earn all-conference honors at."
While the Demons' defense shut down the Bulldogs for most of the game, the offense wasn't done after the first half. Weller pushed a ball under a diving Malcom Hillewaert in the 20th minute. Guska put the final nail in the Bulldogs' coffin when a lose ball bounced past Hillewaert and to the Demon forward's feet and he put it in with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
"It was a tough day for Malcom," Havrilla said. "Today was his nightmare and I hope we can help him next time by not allowing so many shots."
Moffat County midfielder Hugo Quezada said the team we trying too hard and it was hurting its effort.
"We need to relax out there," he said. "We are putting too much pressure on each other and we aren't playing well."
After beating Steamboat Springs in the league opener, Moffat County has now lost three straight in the Western Slope Conference.
"We have just as much talent as anybody we've played," Havrilla said. "It's just that we can't put it all together at the same time. I have a lot of thinking to do."
The Bulldog coach has one day to think as Moffat County will travel to Palisade Thursday and try to break out of its losing streak.
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