Bayfield took its first loss of the season Tuesday at Wolverine Country Stadium, to a JV squad coached by the coach's best friend.
"Ex-teammates and still best friends," Durango JV girls soccer coach Stephanie Hoar said. "It's always fun."
Durango, a Class 5A program, defeated the Class 3A Bayfield varsity 5-0, although it took awhile for Hoar to remember the Demons' final tally.
A mistake on Bayfield coach Jen Zelinski's recount of the final score? Or perhaps she just wanted to spot her former Fort Lewis College teammate an extra goal.
Hoar laughed, then she remembered: Amanda McAliney scored a pair in Tuesday's nonconference game, one to start the first half and one to start the second.
"Defensively, we looked pretty good," Hoar said. "Pass the ball around, build up the attack; we weren't just bootin' the ball around like a lot of the teams we play."
"They're really good," Zelinski said. "That score definitely doesn't reflect the type of game we played. They scored three goals just because we didn't mark up right. The little things that we work on every day, we just didn't execute."
Durango scored three first-half goals: McAliney from Nikki Lamoreaux, Serena Bernazzani from Logan Jaworsky and Lamoreaux from McAliney.
"Our second half was a lot better than our first," Zelinski said.
"We actually played a lot in their half, which made me happy. We weren't necessarily controlling the game, but we were keeping them pinned."
Mady Freeman led the Wolverines with two shots.
Keenan Moreta and Breeta Moe had one shot each.
"None of them were really close," Zelinski said. "Durango plays a really good high-pressure defense."
Durango outshot BHS 21-4.
Amber Howlett made 10 saves for Bayfield.
Karlee Mulkey earned the shutout for Durango.
McAliney scored again to start the second half, and Krista Jones set up sister Amanda Jones for the Demons' fifth and final goal.
"I'm not too disappointed," said Zelinski, who played alongside Hoar from 2002-05 at FLC. "We played well. If we play that well in league play, then we'll be OK."
Zelinski, who is 22nd in FLC women's soccer career scoring with 15 points (four goals, seven assists) in 70 games, will lead her Wolverines (4-1 overall, 3-0 Intermountain League) against Telluride at 4 p.m. Friday at home, weather permitting.
Hoar, who is tied for 14th on the Skyhawks' list with 22 points (nine goals, four assists) in 68 games, will lead her Demons (3-1) against Grand Junction on Friday and Grand Junction Central on Saturday, both games at Riverview Sports Complex before the DHS varsity games.