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Glenwood Springs' senior-led soccer team too much for Bulldogs to handle

With a roster that boasts 10 seniors, the Glenwood Springs Demons' experience on the field led them to a 5-1 win Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

The Bulldogs dropped to 0-2-1 overall and 0-1-0 in league play with the loss. Junior Tucker Bilodeau said the Bulldogs need a wake-up call.

"We have to get scored on two or three times to wake us up," Bilodeau said.

The Bulldogs, who were missing two starters due to injuries Saturday, had many players in unfamiliar positions.

"There were a lot of guys who didn't know what to do in the different position," Bilodeau said.

Usually, the game between Moffat County and Glenwood Springs is heated, but this time it was different.

"This was definitely nothing like last year," Bilodeau said. "They (Glenwood) were quiet."

Glenwood's coach Craig Plizga said he was pleased his team demonstrated a quiet demeanor.

"I was very happy with the sportsmanship and attitudes of both teams," Plizga said.

First half

Glenwood jumped out to a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into the game on a goal from forward Ryan Zerfoss. It was unassisted, and deflected in by a Moffat County player.

Thirty seconds later, the Demons struck again, this time Dylan Gallacher rifled a shot past Bulldog goalie Mike Lefler, for a 2-0 Demon lead.

After the second goal, the Bulldogs defense started to play a little tighter, but once again had a lapse and let the Demons score one more time for a 3-0 lead (Ben Fouts-unassisted).

At the half Bulldogs coach Jeff Hammond knew his team needed to pick things up in order to contend with Glenwood's speed and skill.

"We gave them too much space and too much time," Hammond said. "Their passing was better than ours, their defense was better than ours. I think that there was more we could have done in the first half."

The second half was better for the Bulldogs, tightening up their defense and making better passes, but the Demons had too much patience.

Second half

The Bulldogs were hoping to make a comeback in the second half, but during the 49th minute of play, Glenwood sealed the deal, with senior Tim Cashell doing the damage, floating the ball past Lefler, for a 4-0 lead.

With thoughts of a shutout on their minds, the Glenwood's defense played patient and strong until Moffat County junior Robbie Herring struck the ball from 20 yards out and sent it up and over Tim Cashell's head, into the left corner of the goal.

Down 1-4 with 25:00 left to play, the Bulldogs, started to pick things up, but were silenced by an unassisted goal from senior Isaac Hussien at 72:00.

"We played a patient game," Plizga said. "We wanted to take control and keep possession."

The Demons are now 2-1-0 and 1-0 in Western Slope Leauge play.

A critical element missing from Moffat County's firing squad was sophomore Oscar Ramos. Hammond and Herring believed Ramos could have made a difference for the Bulldogs.

"If we had Oscar back we would have done better," Herring said. "It hurt not having Oscar or Jesus (Loya)," added Hammond.

Hammond knows, however, the better team walked off the field with the win.

"The guys can't make excuses," Hammond said. "They did everything I asked, but the better team just won today."

Herring said the team chemistry between the veterans on Glenwood's squad showed and hopes the Bulldogs can reach that point during the season.

Moffat County's next game is a meeting with Rifle at 4 p.m. Thursday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

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