All the Demons needed was to give up a goal.
The Durango High School boys soccer team, after relinquishing an early goal to visiting Fruita Monument, stormed back to even the match by halftime.
The Demons then rattled home two second-half goals to beat the Wildcats 3-1 on Friday in a spirited Southwestern League game at Riverview Sports Complex.
"We keep giving up early goals," DHS head coach Kenny Wood said. "But we had the determination (Friday) to come back and win."
Fruita Monument stunned the Demons when Jack Allard converted a penalty kick goal in the seventh minute after a DHS foul.
The Wildcats returned the favor when they were whistled for a handball in front of their goal.
Matthew Emmanuel-Ogier tied the match when his PK - into the lower right corner - eluded Fruita Monument keeper Tyler Kenagy.
The 1-1 stalemate ended just 10 minutes into the second half when Durango's Taylor Graham crushed a direct kick from midfield that landed amid a traffic jam in front of the Fruita net.
With Alfredo Mendoza and Jamie Finney crowding the goal mouth, Graham's kick bounced through the confusion, past the keeper and into the net.
"I tried to put it within the 6-yard box ... where it would be hard for their keeper with all the traffic," said Graham, a junior captain.
Finney added the third DHS goal before a boisterous student cheering section when he chased down a long, bouncing through-ball midway through the second half, tapping it into the goal.
"Composure and simplicity is what we needed (on defense)," senior defender Joe Casey said.
"Fruita Monument's got a good team this year," he said, commending his teammates' work rate in the SWL victory.
"They were definitely a challenge," Wood said after the Demons outshot the Wildcats 12-11 in a physical match that featured a handful of injuries and more cards than a blackjack game at the SkyUte Casino.
Wood said he appealed to his veteran seniors to step up in their last season of prep soccer.
They did, and the Demons improved to 3-4-1 overall, 2-1-0 in the SWL. The Wildcats fell to 2-5-1, 1-2-1 in conference.
The Demons will continue SWL play at 11 a.m. today when they host Grand Junction at the Riverview Sports Complex.