Durango was right where it wanted to be.
After playing its first eight games of the season on the road, the
Durango Demons girls soccer team entered its home opener 5-3 overall
and 3-0 in the Southwestern League.
Not only was Durango's record perfect in league play, so was its goals against average.
Durango defeated Montezuma-Cortez 4-0 on March 17.
Durango defeated Fruita Monument 2-0 on March 20.
Durango defeated Montrose 4-0 on March 21.
With three shutouts in three league games, Durango finally played home
games March 27 against Grand Junction and March 28 against Grand
Junction Central with visions of 5-0 dancing in the Demons' heads.
Instead, they ended up with a tie and a loss.
"That was really frustrating," Demons coach Aaron Eldridge said. "Both
teams came to play, so I have to give them credit, but we didn't do the
things well that we normally do well. We played to their strengths, and
not to our own."
Eldridge is "hoping to get back on track" this weekend. "This is a big weekend for us," he said.
Durango will host Montrose at 5 p.m. today and Fruita Monument at 11 a.m. Saturday.
"We spent a lot of time this weekend working on technique and making
good decisions on the ball, and off the ball, too," Eldridge said.
"The thing that escaped us, I think, were scoring opportunities."
Katerina Garcia, for the second consecutive season, leads the team in points.
"The way Kat is performing this year, the team really needs to do a better job of supporting her," Eldridge said.
Montrose, coming off a 2-1 loss to Grand Junction Central, returns its
star player, who missed the teams' first matchup, Eldridge said.
"They could have a little bit of a boost," he said.
"They gave Central a pretty good game.
"I have a feeling we're going to see a different Montrose team," Eldridge said.
Fruita Monument is coming off a 6-0 loss to Grand Junction.
"They could be a wounded animal right now," Eldridge said.
"They could have a great response to that game, or they could have a not-so-great response.
"They played us tough in the first half of our first game. We played
very direct. In the second half, we played more our style and took
control of the game."